How does the internet work now?
April 24, 2012 5:19 PM Subscribe
Help understanding "new media" and the internetz: Are these "freelancing gig"/content generation/social network websites which are popping up on the web these days scammy? Help me understand this phenomenon.
posted by dahliachewswell to computers & internet (8 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am wondering about sites like: elance.com
, which are basically acting as middle-men between freelance workers/average joes who want to get paid and employers who want to farm out labor. Where is the profit in these endeavors generated for the proprietors of the websites? Is it all a way to exploit "freelancers" or people who think they are freelancers, and get them to pay for useless services and extras and memberships, or produce content for free? Or do some of them actually work for the writers/freelancers ie. get them paid fair prices for their work or further their careers? If so, which ones are "good" ones?