There's Got to Be a Metaphor Here
A sort of reasonable article about 20-somethings is up on Salon.com right now.
I pretty much read it the same way I watch horror films (between the fingers of a hand covering my face), but it does have a few good things in it to add to the table.
My only objections are these: First, the interviews for this book were completed before the recession hit. And yet, it’s being marketed as the story of our times. Alright, if you say so.
Second, there are so many metaphorical/possibly made up sciency terms for what is going on with us. Are we “swimmers” or “treaders”? Are we Gen Y or “Gen R” (R= Recession)? Do you have “school of hard-knocks” parents or “helicopter parents”? Honestly? These ridiculous buzz words that really mean nothing are just detracting from what these people actually have to say. Less is more, people.
Over at WNYC, Brian Lehrer staffer Jody Avirgan is working hard to document the economics of the boomerang generation. Under the auspices of the It’s a Free Country project, Brian and Jody had recent grads call in last week to talk about how they’ve been finding the job market. Then, they put it to music. Warning: it’s the anti-Monday Jam. Proceed with caution.
So basically the moral of the story is… what? I’m not even sure any more. I mean, we’re all in it together, but is that even a comforting thought anymore? I don’t know — you tell me.
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I was just poking around my go-to e-card provider and found a treasure trove of encouragement cards for the underemployed. I don’t know about you, but I’d be honored to receive any one of these winners:
Check out these (and more!) at someecards.
Last night on 30 Rock we found out Tracy Jordan is the catalyst for boomeranging!
Leave it to him to point out the optimistic side of things.
Watch the clip here.
Toothpaste for Dinner reminds us that no one can get a break these days.
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I didn’t go to a Montessori school, but if it’s anything like what Toothpaste for Dinner is implying, I want in on this made up grad school. Seems like I’d fit in.
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The “(Potential) Intern from Hell” strikes again!: Gawker followers will scoff at how much he doesn’t get the joke. And talk about unprofessional… he was so mad he didn’t have time to spell check. That being said, part of me really feels for him somehow.
Which “Special Relationship” are we talking about?: HBO has apparently cut the scene in which Bill Clinton divulges his affair with world’s most notorious White House intern, Monica Lewinksy, to his wife, Hillary, from its movie, “The Special Relationship.” Surprisingly, and contrary to the title, the movie is about Clinton’s friendship with Tony Blair.
Sweet on a resume: The Onion captures the drive of a NASA intern, who has spent all spring semester putting the colder sodas in the front of the fridge just so he might get a shot at a space run. We interns just want our work to pay off, okay?
I hear she’s really bad about taking phone calls: Lady Gaga has applied for an internship with couture hat designer Philip Treacy, the madman behind the various hair bows and lobster chapeaus that have earned Gags her press buzz.