Picking on Bobo

April 13, 2010

It’s a pretty busy day for me, so I’ll outsource my Bobo picking. Here’s this brilliant gem from Matt Taibi:

Only a person who has never actually held a real job could say something like this. There is, of course, a huge difference between working 80 hours a week in a profession that you love and which promises you vast financial rewards, and working 80 hours a week digging ditches for a septic-tank company, or listening to impatient assholes scream at you at some airport ticket counter all day long, or even teaching disinterested, uncontrollable kids in some crappy school district with metal detectors on every door.

Most of the work in this world completely sucks balls and the only reward most people get for their work is just barely enough money to survive, if that. The 95% of people out there who spend all day long shoveling the dogshit of life for subsistence wages are basically keeping things running just well enough so that David Brooks, me and the rest of that lucky 5% of mostly college-educated yuppies can live embarrassingly rewarding and interesting lives in which society throws gobs of money at us for pushing ideas around on paper (frequently, not even good ideas) and taking mutual-admiration-society business lunches in London and Paris and Las Vegas with our overpaid peers.

Gotta agree with that.


  1. I also agree.

    His point seems to apply even better to tv, movie stars, singers and athletes.

    They get gobs of money and don’t even push around ideas on paper!

    Nice work if you can get it.

  2. Entertainment has some value, and movie stars, athletes and singers provide it. Lawyers? Not so much.

  3. […] many also recognize thatĀ there are a lot of bullshit jobs that provide a great deal of social good for all to use. Cleaning sewers sucks, but it keeps our […]

  4. agreed (with original post)

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