Friends have started similar forums recently. I deleted the Fecesbook account, I’m off Twitter shortly as they’re now China-ing tweets, and each time I post something I stand behind on my LinkedIn account I feel as though I’ll be immediately fired from the miserable, mind-numbing job I feel half-heartedly (and guiltily) obliged to hold on to — so…
What’s a Post-Empire-Kid to do? Here I am. I have nothing more valuable to say than you, your mother, your brother, or any other has but I feel I need an outlet. So, aptly in contemporary America, this space is all-about-me — but I hope you’ll join in.
About me – let’s see – I currently find myself in a pseudo-business-y environment at work after bullshit-ing my way in to an undergrad in Political Science at a lower-rung tier one. It’s basically the same job I had before I went back to school and incurred the student loans. Several colleagues refer to me as a ‘corporate pretender’ and I’m not offended by that. I secretly and schizophrenically hope to make it to grad school but, oddly enough, I’m not terrible at my job.
Academia — I think Hannah Arendt had it right when she suggested that “The ceaseless, senseless demand for original scholarship in a number of fields, where only erudition is now possible, has led either to sheer irrelevancy, the famous knowing of more and more about less and less, or to the development of a pseudo-scholarship which actually destroys its object. ”
I, myself, worked 20+ hours a week (bartending) and only read what interested me most of my way through college. That’s the state of our degree mill undergrad system in a nutshell, don’t you think? Sure, I’m happy to have had a lovely time with directed reading but I was reading prior to matriculation so… was the $50k in receipts worthwhile? As a society we shall regret, and pay for, the decisions of our youth.
Politically – I have issues with the status quo, group politics, the Welfare State as-it-stands (Randolph Bourne warned us that charity requires winners and losers), and the general disingenuous, hyper-polarized, keep-your-eye-off-the-ball game that Two Party politics is now and seems to have always been.
Culturally – I often feel ill. We have evolved a morbid taste in this country. We froth at the mouth over circus tricks, proscribed ten cent talents, and formulaic adherence to over-simplified pop culture sensibilities that are all within our outer reaches. Each and every one of us is one Youtube video or a few more karaoke sessions away from being a STAR. I’m afraid I often come off as a prude – I have no patience for television or radio-play music – and I have a difficult time relating with most of the folks I run in to on my morning commute (as evidenced by the music blaring from their ‘earphones’).
All that said, I’m from one of the most rural communities I’ve ever encountered in this country – a town of less than 3,000 simple, friendly folks. I was voted ‘most likely to never be heard from again’ in high school and the votes proved fairly true.
Frustrated — because I think so much more could and should be done to at least discuss hope and change in this world (I’m not a big-D Democrat but we’ll get to that). I sense that I’m just as much a cause as I’m a symptom but I hope to sort that out. Hypocrite — because I enjoy so much more access and wealth than so many in the world (but we’ll get to that, too).
That’s me, in a nutshell. I have some developing thoughts I’d like to share soon. I’m hopeful this can be a forum for discussion for a disparate group of intellectually-interested visitors and I also hope to avoid the sarcasm I so often find embedded in internet discussion today.
Thanks for checking in.
Signing out for now.