When Uber rolled out its app-based ride-sharing service in 2011, a new era of empowerment and agency for freelancers was upon us. The amazing convenience offered by the confluence of the “Internet of Things,” artificial neural networks, and workers who increasingly wanted a say in their work-life balance seemed too good to be true: Desk-bound office workers could order salads at the push of the button with GrubHub; CEOs could commission artwork from designers across the globe with Fiverr; and renters could have their new Ikea furniture assembled by a TaskRabbit. And freelancers could build a lifestyle for themselves that didn’t tie them to full-time contracts or repetitive, super-specialized tasks.
But now, giggers are bearing the punishing consequences of no-contract, on-demand work, and policy-makers and advocates are struggling to implement safeguards for them in an economy that reduces them to the surplus value of their labor. One Uber driver in 2016 went into labor while driving for Lyft, which the company spun as “exciting,” despite the fact that Lyft makes no provisions for healthcare or maternity leave for its drivers. New York is cracking down on companies that employ gig workers, following California’s lead in creating legislation that makes it more difficult for companies to hire freelancers as contractors. And in January, Instacart launched a union-busting campaign to prevent its gig workers from organizing for their rights.
What have we gotten ourselves into? Is there a way to shift the tide? And why can’t we have it both ways??
Mark Vigeant will answer all of these questions and more with the help of expert guests and gig workers themselves! Plus, it’ll be funny af.
Mark Vigeant uses comedy to explore and demystify technology so that people can be aware, informed, and empowered.
Internet Explorers is his monthly live show where he takes sold out audiences (and thousands of livestreamers on Twitch) deep into a corner of the Internet to learn and laugh about everything from memes, artificial intelligence, and e-commerce to online dating, hacking, and the dark web.
Mark is joined each month by some of New York’s most brilliant comedians (Comedy Central, SNL, UCB) and technology experts (The Internet Archive, OkCupid, Buzzfeed).
“Wickedly funny web goon Mark Vigeant invites you into a world of gut-busting HTML nonsense.”
—Timeout New York
“The internet can be a scary place, so that’s why this show has comedians to help you navigate the tangled mess that is the World Wide Web.”
—Bedford and Bowery
“[Mark] marries the artistic discipline of comedy and the mega technical skill of programming with major audience-pleasing results.”
Doors 9:00 PM, show 9:30 PM.
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served.
No outside food or drink is allowed. See our menu here
REFUND POLICY: Tickets may be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.