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LLC 122
Session 2: Saturday June 29th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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High Score, Low Pay: Why the Gig Economy Loves Gamification,
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In "High Score, Low Pay:Why the Gig Economy Loves Gamification," Sarah Mason draws on her experiences as a California Lyft driver to expose the modern day version of piecework, with drivers competing not only with other drivers, but driven by games created by the company's algorithm to compete with herself to achieve ever higher scores and company profits. Sarah Mason, winner of this year's Daniel Singer Prize, and Barbara Garson, author of "All the Livelong Day" and "The Electronic Sweatshop" will discuss the themes of Sarah's essay, the evolution of work in the 21st Century, and modes of worker resistance in the gig economy.


Bob Capistrano is the chair of the board of the Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation.

Suzi Weissman is Professor of Politics at Saint Mary's College of California and sits on the editorial boards of Critique and Against the Current. She is the author of Victor Serge: A Political Biography (Verso 2013), among other works, writes on the Soviet Union, working class and left...

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Barbara Garson wrote the play "MacBird!" and four books on work and inequality including All the Livelong Day and The Electronic Sweatshop.

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The author of "High Score, Low Pay", published in the November 20, 2018 Guardian newspaper, Sarah Mason is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A Lyft driver and DoorDasher, she studies platform-mediated work.

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