🚘 Professionalism

I trust this garage, because I’ve gone there for years and never been able to figure out how they’re screwing me over, and that’s a level of professionalism you have to respect.

Lileks, J. (2015, January 19). The Bleat. Retrieved from http://lileks.com/bleats/archive/15/0115/011915.html

TurtleneckOne or Two Geniuses

Unfortunately, when we believe one or two geniuses are mainly responsible, we not only reward them with exorbitant compensation, we lead them to believe they really are geniuses, which in turn leads to grandiosity, monomania, and unchecked power.

johnny (2014, Dec 17). Re: What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs [Reader Comment]. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/magazine/what-happened-when-marissa-mayer-tried-to-be-steve-jobs.html?_r=1

🎮 Hate Movement

Critics see Gamergate as a hate movement, born of extremists, which has grown by providing a sense of belonging, self-worth, and direction to those experiencing crisis or disaffection.

Parkin, S. (2014, October 17). Gamergate: A Scandal Erupts in the Video-Game Community. Retrieved from http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/gamergate-scandal-erupts-video-game-community

⚖️ Tried by 12

“There’s a really common adage in policing: It’s better to be tried by 12 than carried by six,” said Jim Bueermann, a former Redlands, Calif., police chief who is now the president of the Police Foundation, a research group.

Eligon, J., Yee, V., & Furber, M. (2017, July 22). In Minneapolis, Unusual Police Killing Raises an Old Outcry: Why? Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/us/minneapolis-police-shooting.html?_r=0

💘 Somebody Finally Loves You

When you are socialized to accept abuse as authority, any situation that isn’t outright hurtful feels like a win. Our schools teach kids that their voices don’t matter, that they should unquestioningly follow the dictates of teachers and other adults because it is the only way they will get ahead in life. When we get to the workforce, we are told we are lucky to be there. We are told that there is a line of people waiting to take our place, that we are disposable, regardless of the degrees, work experience, and dedication. So when you stumble upon a company or workplace that says “You are valuable.” you go out of your mind to work even harder. Because somebody finally loves you.

Until we teach ourselves that we are valuable for who we are, not the work we do, we will continue to confuse authority with abuse and continue to be eager to work for places that respect us less than they should.

teleri025 (2017, July 19). Re: The Tyranny of Work [Reader Comment]. Retrieved from http://www.metafilter.com/168292/The-tyranny-of-work#7099050

⛅ Motivation

If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon.

Despair, Inc. Retrieved from https://despair.com/products/motivation

🎩 Class Distinction

“Basic” is, at bottom, a stereotype. And like all stereotypes, we fling it at others in order to distance ourselves from them. These people are this thing; therefore, I am this other thing. Stereotypes are deployed most fervently — and with the most hostility — when the group wielding them is most anxious to distance itself from another group that, in truth, isn’t so distant after all. See: “Fresh Off the Boat,” “White Trash,” “Hipster.” These stereotypes are explicitly rooted in race, but implicitly, and most powerfully, are rooted in class distinction. By calling someone “white trash,” a certain segment of white consumer person distinguishes themselves from another segment of white consumer, thereby bolstering their position within the capitalist hierarchy.

Petersen, A. H. (2014, October 20). What We’re Really Afraid Of When We Call Someone “Basic.” Retrieved from https://www.buzzfeed.com/annehelenpetersen/basic-class-anxiety?utm_term=.na4JX19NG#.isQ1NXdJo

💺💺💺 Emotion Neutral

Robert Rubin was the prototypical Goldman banker. He was probably born in a $4,000 suit, he had a face that seemed permanently frozen just short of an apology for being so much smarter than you, and he exuded a Spock-like, emotion-neutral exterior; the only human feeling you could imagine him experiencing was a nightmare about being forced to fly coach.

Taibbi, M. (2010, April 5). The Great American Bubble Machine. Retrieved from http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-great-american-bubble-machine-20100405


Sea of Cracked Asphalt

Oh yes, we anticipate a large role for a sprawling liquor store set back in a sea of cracked asphalt. Oh, if that funky-junky bookstore on the corner hangs around for a few years that’ll be fine; it’s colorful, but really, can’t you see a Panera there? People love those sandwiches.

Lileks, J. (2016, February 27). Lileks: You get a facility! Everyone gets a facility! Retrieved from http://www.startribune.com/james-lileks-you-get-a-facility-everyone-gets-a-facility/370378971/

🗒️ Couldn’t be Mad

Every step of the way, the News reporter, Bill Hendricks—the longtime cop reporter with all the sources—was just getting everything that I wasn’t getting. It was so bad that my bosses couldn’t even be mad at me. They treated me as if I were developmentally disabled.

Green, E. (2017, July 17). Writers dish on scoops that slipped away. Retrieved from https://www.cjr.org/business_of_news/scoops-fahrenthold-greg-howard.php


Lure You Into Hubris

As an aside … this little piece that cost $2.49? I have no fucking idea of what anyone would ever use it for. It was like RadioShack slid that into their stores as a red herring. Like it was some Machiavellian plot to lure you into hubris, destroy your ego, and remind you how much smarter we were than you. Sorry. God, I’m sorry.

Bois, J. (2012, July 24). Revisiting The RadioShack Product Catalog, Part 2. Retrieved from http://www.progressiveboink.com/2012/7/24/3174840/revisiting-the-radioshack-product-catalog-part-2

⚗️ Too Much Poison

How did our politics get so poisonous? I think it’s ’cause we overdosed, especially this year. We drank too much of the poison. You take a little bit of it so you can hate the other side. And it tastes kinda good. And you like how it feels. And there’s a gentle high to the condemnation, right? You know you’re right, right? You know you’re right.

Colbert, S. (2016, November 11). Showtime Election Night Special[Television broadcast]. CBS.

Know Thyself

If you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent. […] the skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is.

Dunning, D. (2012). Self-Insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself (Essays in Social Psychology). Psychology Press.

🍺 Cult of Ignorance

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

Asimov, I. (1980, January). My Turn/A Cult of Ignorance. Newsweek, 19.

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