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Something to notice about this week's latest brouhaha over whether Silicon Valley is the purple unicorn savior galloping toward planetary prosperity or the literal incarnation of living Satan (my vote's on both -- i'm engaging in hedginess), is that no one is disputing whether or not the conditions she describes are true. It is not The Facts of the Case that we are in disagreement about.
It is ideology.
In one ideology, it is perfectly OK for a billion-dollar food-delivery service to both pay and treat workers like shit. Reasons include:
"Those workers are Millennials, and everyone knows that all the Millennials are lazy good-for-nothings, so by the Law of Transitive Neoliberalism those whiny workers are actually being paid *FAR more* than they're worth, which is nothing."
"Sure, I had to go through the same bullshit myself. But it was so much worse back when i did it 5 years ago, LIKE YOU WOULDN'T EVEN BELIEVE HOW MANY WAYS IT WAS UPHILL IN 8 FEET OF SNOW BITCH -- and everyone ...
For every thoughtful, measured perspective on the gigantically thorny problem of Diversity in the Valley, there has to be at least 10 angry white dudes who feel entitled to take a shit all over the idea that being more inclusive has to involve, like, actually learning to be inclusive -- or really, making any changes at all.
There are "values" far more pressing than equality, they say -- EFFICIENCY! ALPHA ELITISM! SHAVING OFF ANOTHER 5 MINUTES OF SOME FULL STACK ENGINEER'S TIME (by outsourcing it to someone poor who should feel lucky to have the opportunity to schlep around the dirty laundry and fetch the burritos of Today's World-Saving Heroes -- preferably someone brown) so that someone, somewhere else (outside of the Valley, one presumes) can do all the theoretical Morally Good activities that serve as the philosophical prop that is supposed to justify the tech industry's frantic, breakneck pursuit of getting filthy fucking rich the mission critically important "time-saving effic...
"As a US company, we’re required by US law to collect taxpayer information from hosts who appear to have US-sourced income. To add your taxpayer information, go to your Payout Preferences and complete the appropriate form. It only takes a minute or two!"
- Why is Airbnb requesting my taxpayer information?
How Airbnb marketing strategy represents it
"It's easy! This stuff only takes 2 minutes!!" (MAKE MONEY FOR US!!!!!)
How the U.S. government thinks of it
Fine print: Oh, and you should really take the time (probably longer than 2 minutes) and expense to consult a tax professional. And at least familiarize yourself with the U.S. tax code especially with regards to federal, state, and local requirements regarding real property rental -- try this lovely IRS publication for some light bedtime reading. Don't have the first clue what the heck depreciation is and how it may apply to your Airbnb activities? This handy 112-page guide will help (don't forget Form 4562)!
Which will you f...
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In a world...(voiceover)... where even *inclusiveness* is exclusive...
but grammar ain't one...
"the Valley’s greatest problem lied in its 'deep lack of self-reflection and the strong resistance to it.'" https://t.co/uY3tQii9TO— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) November 2, 2015
alt hed: "New Face of Native Advertising for Silicon Valley" (protip: just write it on @Medium like everyone else) https://t.co/2ifRo5lDFw— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) October 31, 2015