Wednesday, 10 June 2009

The voice(s) of young America today...

...as heard by the esteemed satirist Iowahawk, are coloured by their enchantment with their champion, President Obama, and relief. Relief from the tyranny of the hated 9 to 5, and eased by a regular relief cheque... leading to what Iowahawk calls funemployment...pictured left, funemployed web developer Ryan Hagstrom, 29, enjoying quality funemployment leisure time behind a Seattle dumpster...Never heard of funemployment? Here's Urban Dictionary's definition: "The condition of a person who takes advantage of being out of a job to have the time of their life. I found a burrito with only one bite in it; funemployment rocks!" ...Funemployment is a statement about American society. Experts say it's a sign that Americans are slowly embracing a healthier lifestyle that centers on self-actualization, survival, and Twitter rather than the often soul-crushing burdens of corporate careerism. These experts frequently credit the Obama Administration."Recession is a great opportuning for people to get outside, enjoy a sunny park bench, and have fun," said Robert Lester, a professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Business. "And President Obama is making that kind of fun possible for more and more people every day."
...The daily lives of the funemployed have never been more public. Many post Flickr sets of their globe-trotting vacations, proudly showing off a deep-bronze tan and washboard ribcage. Others blog about their latest amusing malnourishment hallucination, or broadcast via Twitter the day's weighty menu choices, as @roadkillgourmet did last week when deciding between raccoon and armadillo....stories like Greenleaf and Browning's represent more than just a hip new lifestyle trend among America's urbane unemployable literati. By thumbing their collective nose at employment, Lester said they also are sending a clear message to corporate America."America's increasingly savvy and educated funemployed are demanding much more from the companies laying them off," Lester said. "Until these failing companies somehow figure out how to meet the expectations of the young workers they don't need, it's unclear where our next generation of layoffs will come from
...more from the maestro here...

4 comments:

MK said...

Nice one.

Ayrdale said...

The man is a genius...no doubt. His take on the venerable and agonisingly PC Archbishop of C**terbury is an all time classic...

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/dburge/2009/02/17/heere-bigynneth-the-tale-of-the-asse-hatte/

Norvile said...

Nice.

While browsing through Doverwatch after reading the post you quoted from above I found the following one about the Archbishop.

http://doverwatch.blogspot.com/2008/11/do-you-know-who-i-am.html

There's also some other good stuff under the label IdiotWatch.

Ayrdale said...

Thanks, I'll take a look.