Is it the new "American Bangladesh" or a godsend for struggling U.S. citizens who need extra cash to supplement their incomes?
I'm talking about crowdsourcing jobs. Today, if you have a computer and an Internet connection you can jump online to anyone of dozens of sites and starting "working tasks" for pennies apiece. I recently interviewed a woman living on a health disability and welfare. She thinks the $500 a month she earns on Amazon Mechanical Turk is "a lifesaver."
It makes me wonder. This woman works about 35 hours a weeks, and in a "good month" nails down $500. By my math that works out to a little better than $3 an hour -- but she often falls short of her goal. At times, she figures she is pulling down $1 to $2 an hour.
The question is: Is this what the American Dream has come to -- when earning $1 to $3 an hour is considered "a great thing"? Some people would say, "She's just allowing herself to think like a poor person." But others would say: "It's the best situation she can get into right now."
Read my story; tell me what you think: MY LIFE AS AN M-TURK WORKER
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