I read this review of the new depression journalism–apparently less compelling than that of the 30s. In part because our standards of living really are higher than they were in the 30s.
Monster.com searches, desperate as they may be, are less exciting to photograph than starving, malnourished children in bread lines.
My briefest brief comment is that this review reminded me of this overly long but still worthwhile discussion of women and the DIY homecrafts movement.
What if we think about the new DIY movement as a product of the wasted energies and creativities of a generation of unemployable middle class people? Instead of fretting about hipsters and the ridiculous things they pickle?
People seem to understand the Great Recession only as a giant sinking of the once-thriving middle class.
Oddly (except not), this understanding does not lead our society to invest in providing emergency services to the poor and working poor–many of whom used to be, and ought to be, and feel like they are still middle class.
Even though our primary emotional and intellectual understanding of the Great Recession, when we think about it at all, is that now many middle class people are no longer middle class.
Furthermore, it’s possible that the top 10% have now outpaced the middle 80% in educational achievement because the middle 80% is no longer all that close, in wealth, to the top 10%. Also not mentioned in that article I posted yesterday.
If I spent much longer not getting a job, I probably would have pickled ridiculous things and tried to sell them, too.
Lots of people talk about the symptoms of a terrible economy without mentioning the terrible economy.
Anyway, if you have a job: AWESOME. If it actually pays for your life, AMAZING.
If you don’t or it doesn’t: you’re not alone.