Blogging, drawing and stuff by Jacob Plette.
Quoted from Sarah Kendzior’s “Surviving the Post-Employment Economy"
“In the United States, nine percent of computer science majors are unemployed, and 14.7 percent of those who hold degrees in information systems have no job. Graduates with degrees in STEM - science, technology, engineering and medicine - are facing record joblessness, with unemployment at more than twice pre-recession levels. The job market for law degree holders continues to erode, with only 55 percent of 2011 law graduates in full-time jobs. Even in the military, that behemoth of the national budget, positions are being eliminated or becoming contingent due to the sequester.
It is not skills or majors that are being devalued. It is people.”
Her work is frank, speaking of a reality I hope that will never be mine. At the same time, it gives me a strange comfort to know that I am not alone.
I will always reblog this quote. Hits way too close to home for me.
The most salient part of this, to me, is the underscoring of the fact that there is no “right” college major where you’re guaranteed a job forever. Conservatives love to pretend college graduates working minimum-wage or freelance jobs just didn’t “pick the right major” - those foolish fools studied the arts or literature or something else frivolous, so they deserve crushing debt and no job security! No. There is no magical college major that will let you sidestep the jobless recovery.
DirecTV guy came the other day and did some kinda upgrade. Didn’t think I needed to worry about it. Then I found out we have on-demand now, which is basically streaming on your TV, which I didn’t know was a thing because I never watch TV, I just use my computer.
The takeaway is I’m actually finally getting to see Game of Thrones now, and its good stuff. Watching a couple episodes a day, I’m on episode 4 I think, very cool.
More importantly, tonight at midnight the final page of Chapter 1 of Psychic Mafia is going up, which will mark the beginning of a month-long haitus while I get Chapter 2 prepped for posting. It’s all written and nearly all thumbnailed and lettered (should finish that tonight), so pencils begin tomorrow. Exciting stuff. Shooting to have that done within two weeks at most.
It is April 13 so there should be Homestuck updates or something since this is like Homestuck’s birthday? Maybe he’s waiting until midnight. I hope so. It’s been a long time.
if you think that labels don’t matter and nobody should use them, then you’ve probably never experienced the huge, indescribable relief of “oh my god there’s a word for how I feel” and “I’m not the only one”
Of course. The problem comes from people using labels as a way to separate themselves from others and make them the only person with certain qualities or problems - a “special snowflake”. Doubly so when they rally together and claim they’re more important or suffer more than other groups - they end up devouring each other instead of helping anyone under the labels grow and love themselves.
It also makes me extremely uncomfortable when people internalize a label so much that they make it a cornerstone of their identity and stunt their ability to grow or change because they’re worried that acting outside of the parameters someone else decided for that label will isolate them from their new community, or they modify their behaviour in ways that are detrimental to themselves to better fit in with other people who share that label.
It’s a very positive thing to use a label to find fellow like-minded people you can share experiences with and relate to in a way you can’t with your usual circle of friends! But I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people on this website have conversations that amount to “If I identify as ____ am I still allowed to feel ______ or enjoy ______?” and it’s like, well, do you feel that way? Because if you do that’s totally valid and the fact that other people are making you feel anxious about being ostracized for potentially drifting outside lines they drew in the sand is a problem. If you’re trying to figure things out for yourself and you have a group of people telling you that you absolutely have to dress a certain way or like a certain type of music or be interested in a certain type of people or have a certain amount of sex or they won’t support you anymore under the guise of helping you validate your identity, you’re going to end up feeling just as miserable and closeted as you did before you met them.
Needed to read this.
Amen to that, man.