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  •  Is it really just designers, though? (9+ / 0-)

    Though the format is different, it's not unlike all those commission-only sales jobs one hears about, or the myriad "internships" doing just about any kind of work for free in the hopes of being considered for a real job someday...

    The problem is that right-wing media and culture have persuaded people that a living wage is some kind of privilege and that only "winners" deserve a steady job. It's frightening to see how successful Republicans have been at blaming unions for everything wrong, when unions are already so weak and worker protection is evaporating as a result.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Sun May 05, 2013 at 02:46:53 PM PDT

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    •  No, not limited to designers or even (7+ / 0-)

      the US. I'm an expat working as a freelance translator in Germany and am seeing it here in Europe, too. Also a lot more scams, i.e. crooks getting money by cheating, lying, stealing, across borders. The internet makes it all easier. It has been a boon for many professions and businesses, but the downsides are becoming more egregious, too. I've been lucky so far, and have good, dependable clients who value my work and keep coming back (knocks wood), and I hope it stays that way.

      „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

      by translatorpro on Sun May 05, 2013 at 04:32:17 PM PDT

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      •  Holding on here too in the PNW (0+ / 0-)

        thanks to some strong niche interests, good friends, very plain lifestyle, luck, and a lot of years in the same area.

        Jim P, someone in the local editors group mentioned a site they thought was better than usual: -- and while I didn't check it out in detail at least it didn't seem zooty or cute, which is a big plus to me.

        Lets you try out lots of permutations of what you want to call yourself.

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