The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 39 – Underemployed Blues

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The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 39 – Underemployed Blues

July 25, 2019

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, you are underemployed. What is happening?

Rick Rosner: Somehow, automation is putting pressure; unemployment in America is at historic lows. Part of that is the manipulation of the statistics because you don’t have to just consider the people looking for work.

If someone quits looking for work for 2 years, then you don’t have to include them among the unemployment or something. Things like that make it seem less bad than it is. There is a certain large amount of underemployment, which means people have time waste on stuff that feels like bullshit.

That makes people feel like trash. If you are spending 14 hours a day on social media, and 35 hours or 42 hours a week watching TV, you feel like a slag, I think. Also, if your job is ridiculous, there’s nothing about most jobs, now, which make most Americans feel like they’re not like they are contributing to some great enterprise.

The business of foolishness is bigger than anywhere before. If it were 1943, and if you were either in the war or making shit for the war, then you were part of a great enterprise devoted to vanquishing evil. You were still doing stuff that was not 100% acceptable, according to the morality of the time.

People were fucking like crazy, because they might be dead in 2 months. People would fuck soldiers. Soldiers would go away. People at home would fuck the guys who were left behind.

I feel like WWII was a crazy fuckfest in addition to being a festival of death and fear. But people didn’t feel like scumbags, even if they were fucking outside of wedlock because they were also putting themselves on the line in this great enterprise.

We don’t have the great enterprise today, except for trying to get Trump and McConnell out of the office. But the means for this are so fucking squirrelly. So, you don’t end up feeling like not a scumbag.

I go on Twitter and trying to make “fuck you” tweets to Trump. I try to make tweets showing my end of how scummy Trump and his cohorts are, in interesting and novel ways. But it doesn’t give me a feeling that I am not a scumbag. But here I am tweeting on a computer in a towel, typing shit; there’s all that.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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