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Jakarta Post

Conventional jobs losing ground in digital era

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 4, 2020   /  06:57 pm
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Jan. 10 was like any other day for Buyung, a 45-year-old paperboy who regularly delivers the morning paper to offices and houses in Harmoni, Central Jakarta. However, unlike in the past, he carried few newspapers on the back of his bicycle. Ever since starting the job in 2009, he has experienced a massive decrease in the number of newspapers he delivers, with the world around him growing more and more digitalized by the second. Consequently, jobs like his risk running the way of the dodo. Paperboys make less than they did in past decades and many are out of a job as a result. Buyung said many of his colleagues either made the decision to retire or look for other jobs to support their family. “I have friends who turned to ojol [online motorcycle taxis] and food vendors after retiring from being a paperboy,” said Buyung while preparing to deliver newspapers on a rainy ...