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The "gig worker" is the new hobo

I've recently read several articles lately on the so-called "gig economy" and had the epiphany today that we've seen these people before. A "gig worker" is simply a modern, hipster version of the hobo . No benefits, temporary and usually labor-intensive work, constantly moving around, and regularly living on the borders of poverty and homelessness. Nothing has really changed here. New day, different name. Calling it a "gig economy" is a nice way of saying that the companies offering "gig work" are too cheapskate to hire for permanent positions. And some gig workers freely admit that they are actually hobos: Hobo with a laptop Welcome to 2018.