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  • From spotting trends to building an erotic audio startup…  (maried.substack.com)

    You have probably already experienced an “insight rush” without really knowing how to name it. You know, that little flash of endorphins that flows through you when you discover, while researching and reading, an insight. THE insight. That fragment of an idea that envelops you, resonates and gets you thinking, carried by the confidence of having found or understood something particularly precious.

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  • The creator economy is in crisis. Now let’s fix it. (li.substack.com)

    Nearly two years ago, I published “The Passion Economy and the Future of Work,” which laid out a vision for online work that was informed by and a reaction to the challenges of the gig economy. While the gig economy represented a major development in the evolution of online-enabled work—removing geographical constraints for work opportunities and offering greater flexibility—it also entailed risks that were disproportionately borne by workers: reduction of leverage, income instability, lack of rights and protections accorded to employees, and lack of autonomy. Through powerful network effects and ownership of data on customers and reputation, gig platforms serve as gatekeepers to their workers being able to access income. Some scholars argue that the gig economy—which encompasses 55 million Americans or 34% of the workforce—has

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  • Retailtainment: a deep dive into the new shopping experiences (maried.substack.com)

    A century later, Emile Zola’s vision of shopping as a mass leisure activity is still relevant. However, in 2021, the playing field underwent a significant transformation. With the onset of the pandemic over a year ago and no respite in sight, digital escapism continues to fuel retailtainment with multiple facets and subtle undertones. If you are under the impression that you have seen everything associated with shopping-entertainment, you are in for a ride. Because this is just the beginning.

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