the industry #7 // a bold new clown car union evolution, wind industry collapse, instacart disaster, tech links, dispatch from san francisco
Loved this edition.
One question—I am hearing some anecdotal reports of shadowbanning being back on X. I’m mostly seeing them from Matt Taibbi—who has his own axe to grind with Elon, so I take it somewhat with a grain of salt—or retweets by him. Interestingly, the allegations of shadow banning seem to suggest that it’s affecting disfavored political speech, kind of like last time. Would love to get some trustworthy info on whether that is happening or not.
“A news outlet I am for some reason forced by law to pay for.” 😂 my sides!
Great article Mike! Would you ever elaborate more on your position on working from home? I don't come from tech and have worked in retail, manufacturing agriculture, but I've have finally clawed my way into a job that I can do from home two days a week. For me all office jobs already don't seem like "real work". Compared to physical labor I don't see much difference between doing an office job at home or in a building.
Four day work weeks and wfh also seem really white pilled. Isn't the whole point of automation, AI, and tech to allow us to work less while still growing productivity? Isn't better future is one where we have to work less and less, and with more flexibility and freedom?
Of course I understand a lot of people pushing this are unhinged, and most jobs still require people to show up. But I also think the direction is right
> if the Democrats don’t successfully jail him, Trump is definitely winning the next election btw
Assuming the Dems don't steal the election again.
I really like "San Francisco Architect of Misery" as a title for Benioff, and hope it becomes attached to his name like a remora in the public consciousness.
I loved it when Yoel was like, in her NYT letter, “Elon was traumatizing me, and then all these men propositioned me.” Like she was scandalized. Please. We know bragging when we see it!
Damn. I’ve missed a lot. Thanks to my son for waking up early so I can catch up.
On the union stuff, I think I’m starting to slowly realize the more general problem: in America, we have come to a place where no power, no matter how just or accommodating, is seen as legitimate. One of my ten thousand cousins is an autoworker and I’m pretty sure she’s a millionaire on paper. And the union and the company she works for should both be really proud of that accomplishment. That’s amazing! Instead, it’s this constant sniping about management, disputes over things that don’t seem to be that big of a deal, and just constant hostility.
Employers definitely will push their luck in some cases but I see way more noise about the cases where everything is totally fine than I do about Walmart using the public safety net to subsidize treating their employees like garbage.