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. . .same as the old boss.

Dan Lyons [ht: ja] explains that, beneath the veneer of “beanbag chairs and unlimited vacation — a corporate utopia where there is no need for work-life balance because work is life and life is work,” the situation of workers in the digital economy hasn’t changed much from previous forms of capitalism.

At HubSpot, the software company where I worked for almost two years, when you got fired, it was called “graduation.” We all would get a cheery email from the boss saying, “Team, just letting you know that X has graduated and we’re all excited to see how she uses her superpowers in her next big adventure.” One day this happened to a friend of mine. She was 35, had been with the company for four years, and was told without explanation by her 28-year-old manager that she had two weeks to get out. On her last day, that manager organized a farewell party for her.

It was surreal, and cruel, but everyone at HubSpot acted as if this were perfectly normal. We were told we were “rock stars” who were “inspiring people” and “changing the world,” but in truth we were disposable.

Before, workers were employed in industrial factories; then, service-sector offices. Now, they have jobs in digital sweatshops.

They’re all very different, of course. But they’re also exactly the same: employers decide what workers should do, and workers do it or they get fired.