In 1987 food historian Warren Belasco observed that an ‘ethnic revival’ - ‘a grass roots movement seeking tradition, authenticity, pluralism, cultural decentralization’ - was occurring in the 1970s and ‘represented a genuine dissatisfaction with mainstream, mass-mediated, corporate American culture, and in part it involved a nostalgic resistance to such industrial feeders as McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and General Foods .’
Large corporate food concerns took advantage of this nostalgic demand for traditional food by producing fast food versions of ethnic foods. ‘Indeed, despite the anticorporate, decentralist implications of the grass roots ethnic revival, the food industry was more centralized in 1985 than it had been in 1970. The corporate response to the ethnic revival highlights what some culture analysts call the hegemonic process – the subtle way in which dominant forces within a society are able to withstand, absorb, and incorporate insurgent strivings .’ (Belasco is referring to ‘incorporation’ / Dick Hebdige)
Belasco, Warren J., ‘Ethnic Fast Foods: The Corporate Melting Pot’, Food and Foodways, 1987, Vol. 2, pp. 1-30, Harwood Academic Publishers, Great Britain
Ever wonder what our labor market would look like without minimum wages or labor law protections? Take a look at the brave new world of online piecework platforms, like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, which allows employers, politely termed “requesters,” to post jobs for a “global, on-demand, 24 x 7 work force.” […]
Low-quality wages may elicit low-quality work. But as Professor Ipeirotis points out, companies can compensate in two different ways, through redundancy (hiring several workers to do the same job and comparing their results) or through use of “gold data” — questions to which employers already know the answer, randomly inserted as a test of worker competence.
One recent academic paper on the future of crowd work, acknowledging sweatshop anxieties, asks, “Can we foresee a future crowd workplace in which we would want our children to participate?” It does not provide a clear answer."
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