The Writers Guild of America is on strike, bringing movie and television production to a halt. This affects media companies across the board, but one of them is Amazon, which is not exactly like other media companies. It's primarily a retailer as well as a technology and infrastructure company. However,
I've been arguing that Amazon's heroic phase is over. To which you might be asking, "what 'heroic phase'? Amazon's always been a destroyer of industries, values, and communities, an exploiter of underpaid labor and infrastructure it didn't earn." Wow, harsh, imaginary reader! Let's just stipulate that along with all that,
Welcome back to the Amazon Chronicles, a newsletter about Amazon and the companies, communities, and technologies in its shadow. First, some housekeeping: I had expected to send this newsletter out more than a week ago, but I managed to contract a non-COVID illness that briefly put me out of commission.
Welcome back to Amazon Chronicles, your admittedly irregular blog/newsletter about all things Amazon – plus the users, customers, workers, and industries in its shadow. It's been two weeks since my last newsletter – I took a break for the US's Thanksgiving holiday, and very sadly, our beloved Boston Terrier Beedie passed
Dear readers,When I last wrote in December, I said that I hoped I would have a chance to bring back this newsletter, and behold! Here it is, once again. This is the third extended hiatus this newsletter has taken in the 3+ years since it began, but I can assure you: all three were unavoidable.In thi
Amazon’s latest quarterly earnings report was its most dour in some time: the company missed Wall Street expectations and was accordingly conservative in its guidance for the usually blockbuster holiday quarter coming up (“Operating income is expected to be between $0 and $3.0 billion, compared with $6.9
A California law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday aims to regulate and make more transparent warehouses run by Amazon and other employers. Here is Suhauna Hussain’s summary in the Los Angeles Times: The first-of-its-kind legislation, AB 701, gives Amazon and other warehouse workers new power to fight
Back in the spring, I interviewed Alec MacGillis, author of Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America. This was while union elections were taking place at an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemmer, Alabama; I was just starting to think about a series on how Amazon was transforming work worldwide, and