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Gen X, represent.
Glad to know that there’s some principle establishing that I’m actually Gen X.
do you ever think about shit you did in the past and just go
did nobody punch me in the face
Please help me…
I am a prisoner in the castle dungeon.
My name is Zelda…
ERICA GOLDSON: Graduation speech
Erica Goldson must have had some serious balls to give this speech
This is beautiful.
this is so wonderful
"I am a thinker, a human being… not a worker"
lol upper-middle class teen literally says that working-class people are not humans, and people act like this is freeing and progressive
fuck this comic, fuck the girl who wrote that speech, fuck your bougie fear of the working-class and your romanticization of the creative output of other upper/middle-class white kids while you ignore all the meaningful contributions to those fields that working class people make because PEOPLE WHO *WORK* CAN’T MAKE ART OR MUSIC, EEWWW!
fuck your fear of having to work like everyone else
fuck your fear of becoming one of the working class
fuck your fear of the working class
fuck your fear of the working class
Here is how the internship scam works. It’s not about a “skills” gap. It’s about a morality gap.
1) Make higher education worthless by redefining “skill” as a specific corporate contribution. Tell young people they have no skills.
2) With “skill” irrelevant, require experience. Make internship sole path to experience. Make internships unpaid, locking out all but rich.
3) End on the job training for entry level jobs. Educated told skills are irrelevant. Uneducated told they have no way to obtain skills.
4) As wealthy progress on professional career path, middle and lower class youth take service jobs to pay off massive educational debt.
5) Make these part-time jobs not “count” on resume. Hire on prestige, not skill or education. Punish those who need to work to survive.
6) Punish young people who never found any kind of work the hardest. Make them untouchables — unhireable.
7) Tell wealthy people they are “privileged” to be working 40 hrs/week for free. Don’t tell them what kind of “privileged” it is.
8) Make status quo commentary written by unpaid interns or people hiring unpaid interns. They will tell you it’s your fault.
9) Young people, it is not your fault. Speak out. Fight back. Bankrupt the prestige economy.
(Here’s the deal: I’ve had unpaid journalism internships—but only while simultaneously working another job, pitching with all my might so I could get paid freelancing work at the newspaper, living in horrible sublet apartments, and not being able to afford to eat some days. I was their best intern, the one who jumped off the fact checking desk to contribute to cover stories and review bands and attend news meetings and impress the fuck out of everyone. My editor said I was “hungry,” and she meant I was hungry for exposure, but she didn’t know I was actually hungry, card declined when you’re trying to buy cereal hungry, stealing peaches from Whole Foods hungry. I was hungry and I knew every accepted pitch, however small, was another $30+ in my bank account.
It was character building, or whatever bullshit your parents say about their entry level jobs, the ones they were paid for. It was CV building. It was someday going to help me land a paid job in that rarified, rich kid field (still waiting). But sometimes, after I’d killed another cockroach in the flat I was subletting and scrounged through the owner’s cupboards to turn up another Fibre One Bar and can of beans, I wished I’d never fucking tried to climb out of lower class.)
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