Pop Culture to the Nth Degree?
The newest buzzword in this recession? "Funemployed" As gleefully reported by the LA Times:
This new-found laziness is explained away:
While millions of Americans struggle to find work as they face foreclosures and bankruptcy, others have found a silver lining in the economic meltdown. These happily jobless tend to be single and in their 20s and 30s. Some were laid off. Some quit voluntarily, lured by generous buyouts.
Buoyed by severance, savings, unemployment checks or their parents, the funemployed do not spend their days poring over job listings. They travel on the cheap for weeks. They head back to school or volunteer at the neighborhood soup kitchen. And at least till the bank account dries up, they're content living for today.
The Times even found someone to explain away these lazy losers:
"Recession gives people permission to be unemployed," said David Logan, a professor at USC's Marshall School of Business. "Why not make use of the time and go do something fun?"
So what some are calling "funemployment" are really covering up for the 20-somethings that haven't had their college-socialism indoctrination worn away by relentless reality and hard work. In the end, the result is simply: