Discussion in 'media' started by Lain, 21 Nov 2010.
The irony... It burns!
“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
~Oft attributed to Socrates, but actually a paraphrase from The Clouds by Aristophanes (c. 423 B.C.E.)
Just had to listen to that crap again from my Aunt and Dad. They started it, but I finished it.
"Minimum wage going up to $15? McDonalds workers shouldn't make that! These entitled millennials just don't want to work hard..." (almost exact quote). I stopped her right there.
"First, McDonalds is shitty, hard work." (I knew my Aunt had never worked a shit job in her life too. My dad last worked a shit job when he was a teen.) "Second, minimum wage has NOT kept up with cost of living. Average income when you were growing up was around $15k a year. Average home was $50k. Little over 3x the yearly salary got you a home. Today, average income is around 60k, average home price is 260k. Over 4x the yearly salary to get you a home"
They balked at this. "Well, you know, some places are cheaper..."
"Yes, and some places are exorbitantly more. Those are also the averages of this town, which still has a slightly depressed economy. Now, do the cost of living math and tell me that adjustment isn't needed..."
Conversation quickly changed. By my brother, actually, a raging conservative. He was bragging how much his home has gone up since buying it during the dark days of the housing recession here. Because he has a realllyyyyy bad case of cognitive dissonance. Like, constantly.
Just to add to my rant, because I googled to check the numbers I had read but not actually fact checked, here we go:
Average is 260k. Median is over 400k. That represents the income gap. My dad brought up "Average is not median!". Good thing for him I didn't have the median numbers.
Oh, and the local economy is still more depressed than I realized. Average income is below 50k. Average home price, from my best estimate based on looking at actual stuff for sale, is 270k. Not enough housing right now (a crisis is predicted because people are moving here faster than they are being built) and a very low minimum wage are both big contributors.
If I ever had a kid, I would be this brutally honest. Lying to the kid and using trite sayings only served to make me feel even worse-- because not only were my feelings hurt by the kid, now they were hurt by an adult who told me how stupid I was being for having hurt feelings!
Kids are just little derpy adults. They are learning. No reason to lie to them.
Had to look this up. First result was:
Now that I have worked in IT, I can tell you this is a known issue every few updates with Adobe products. Creative Cloud app and downloader needs to die in a fire. I have bookmarks to bypass it just so I can get their very expensive software installed.
This is the only reason anyone is still using Windows 8.
I would also add a section for "Feeling like a real ass for taking the ability to breathe clearly and without pain for granted"