I need a break from all the heartfelt feelings and hypocrisy. Watching television - primarily via Hulu - is becoming an emotional chore, one that needs to be prepared for and managed as if I were running a marathon or dealing with extended family. The reason? The ads. Commercials, of course, are few people’s favorite … Continue reading I’m Done With These Uncertain Times
There’s a story I’ve been telling for years. It goes something like this. During college I went on a road trip with some friends. We decided to head to the Southwest, planning to visit Taos, NM, Boulder, CO and a few other spots. The trip lasted a bit over a week, during which we mostly … Continue reading A Moment of Privilege
It’s alright to feel uninspired. We’ve all heard it or seen it, likely many dozen times, in the last two months. Something something “Shakespeare wrote ‘King Lear’ during the Black Plague” or other sentiments along those lines. The point is that hey, if you have all this extra time because you’re not commuting or even … Continue reading Writing During Crisis
The same people who created a broken system are being asked to imagine a new one. We are in the middle of a massive, unplanned experiment. While 30-some states this week are starting down their plans to “reopen” their economic engines, those plans seem to be mostly about retail and manufacturing operations. White collar, information-economy … Continue reading The Workplace May Change, But By Whom?
For a lot of people, the last two months have been a big change. Not being able to go out whenever you want, not being able to buy whatever was needed or wanted, not having the usual cacophony of activities that keep everyone bustling and hustling. All of that was, understandably, a series of major … Continue reading When “Stay At Home” Orders Don’t Change Much
A brief list of opportunities to challenge the societal status quo. Let’s rethink how we fund public education, decoupling it from something as discriminatory and subject to crashes in the broader economy. Let’s rethink healthcare - not just insurance - and decouple it from employment since those who are out of work can’t afford the … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?
Society’s expectations are kind of misaligned. There are millions of people who have been laid off in the last few weeks. The job market they’re entering is even more uncertain than the one I faced when I was let go in the middle of 2016, with far fewer options available. If they had retail/service industry … Continue reading Do What You Must Without Shame
Employees can’t be trusted to be productive without monitoring. With vast swaths of the country in lockdown as a protective measure to fight the Covid-19 outbreak, a much higher percentage of employees working from home, at least those who aren’t in the retail/manufacturing/gig/service industries who are unable to do so. That increase has also led … Continue reading Employees Working From Home? Time to Invade Their Privacy
A brief list of realizations over the last couple weeks. That any claims by conservatives to fiscal responsibility on a national level were never in earnest. That criticisms of individuals who find themselves in hard financial times apparently don’t apply to corporations. That apparently the entire U.S. economy is so precarious it’s subject to complete … Continue reading What’s Become Clear