By John Bowe, Marisa Bowe, Sabin Streeter, Daron Murphy, Rose Kernochan
“An enticing, funny, revealing, and refreshingly human examine the unusual, life-threatening, and delightfully humdrum exploits of every body from activities heroes to intercourse workers.”
-- Douglas Rushkoff, writer of Coercion, Ecstasy Club, and Media Virus
This wide-ranging survey of the yank economic climate on the flip of the millennium is lovely, striking, and continually interesting. It provides us an unflinching view of the material of this kingdom from the viewpoint of the folk who continue all of it relocating. The greater than a hundred and twenty approximately textured monologues that make up Gig superbly trap the voices of our fast moving and various economic climate. the decisions display how a lot our global has changed--and stayed the same--in the 3 a long time ahead of the flip of the millennium. should you imagine issues have speeded up, develop into extra advanced and extra technological, you are right.
But people's attitudes approximately their jobs, their hopes and ambitions and disappointments, suffer. Gig's soul is not sociological--it's emotional. The wholehearted diligence that folks deliver to their paintings is deeply, inexplicably relocating. humans converse in those pages of the consistent and complicated stresses the majority of them confront at the task, yet, approximately universally, they throw themselves with no reservation into dealing with them. rather than resisting paintings, we appear to adapt to it. a few of us love our jobs, a few of us do not, yet just about all folks are usually not fairly convinced what we'd do with out one.
With the entire hallmarks of one other vintage in this topic, Gig is a superb learn, packed with indelible voices from coast to coast. After listening to them, you will by no means back consider rather an identical approximately how we paintings.
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I like it clean and orderly, so I straighten up and get it nice-looking, get it all ready for the customers. I like to have the carts stacked. Customers appreciate the small things, you know? As the people come in, I just welcome them and try and help them however I can. You don't want them waiting in line for a long time or wandering around the store not knowing where to find something. See, there's all this stuff that's available here, and my job— everybody who works here's job—is to help people make those purchases.
So for that it is not just mathematics. You have to know how things really work. It is hard to talk about this work. It is hard to do it, too. The best time to work is when it's quiet, from ten at night till two in the morning. Because sometimes, well, [laughs] almost always, it's a frustrating job. You know, it's easy to use finished product, like computer games or Microsoft products, but the process to completing software is very frustrating. It is sometimes even pretty easy to write a program, but to make it so the users who will use the program cannot do anything stupid or cause some problems you have to imagine every single thing the user could do on keyboard.
I try and intimidate them a bit so they know even though this is a telemarketing job, they have to take it seriously. After the video, I go back in and train them. I always start off with a speech about how telemarketing is the worst job you can have in the world. Because eighty-five percent of the people you are trying to sell to will say no. Even if they like what you're selling, even if you're a nice person, they will say no simply because you're a telemarketer. I tell them they are going to get yelled at.
Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs by John Bowe, Marisa Bowe, Sabin Streeter, Daron Murphy, Rose Kernochan