Don Peck's Article
Submitted By Ed on October 4th at 6:47am
I just finished (very belatedly)reading Don Peck’s piece from the Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/201003/jobless-america-future/2. It’s depressing, and I don’t recommend reading it if you’re unemployed. When you rely on economists, as Peck does, you are bound to reach bleak conclusions. Only consider this gem: “[F]or a sizeable proportion of 20- and 30-somethings, the next few years will likely be toxic.” After forecasting misery for so many, he moves on to the story of Errol, a twenty-eight year old man experiencing these toxic years first hand. Errol has drifted from job to job. He lives with his parents. He has considered moving, but as to actually moving…well, that’s in the future. I want to feel as bad for Errol as Peck apparently wants me too, but I can’t. There are legions of Errols in America. Peck himself seems to suggest that all the Errols would go away if only they didn’t expect so much from their jobs, if, in other words, they realized that work was work. For instance, Peck cites the startling statistic taken from a 2004 survey that one in eighteen college freshman expected to make a living from the arts. All will be well when every college freshman is disabused of the notion that one can make a living as an artist.