The System at Work
I’m not a conspiracy theorist. Really. Unlike some, I don’t believe the one percent get together every third Saturday in a smoky room to plot. I don’t believe reporters are told what to report. I think any decent conspiracy could have come up with someone approximately 10,000,000.5% more appealing than Mittens.
But I do believe the media generates blather, and I do believe the system is well set up to ensure the wealthy get wealthier, and I do believe many people vote against their basic interests because they are fooled by campaigns. And I do believe that, when it comes to some things (banks come to mind), the parties are tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum using different ad executives.
This morning’s online T-S carries a national “lifestyle” AP article that seems to me to be a great demonstration of how the system works. http://www.times-standard.com/lifestyle/ci_22439763/new-york-city-extols-virtues-tiny-apartments
It’s by a reporter named Ula Ilnytzky, who I’m sure is pleased with her work and has not been told by anyone to go out and pacify the masses. Ula has generated a piece on the new trend of micro-sized apartments in New York City, and what a delight they can be. It could easily have been written by a popular local “reporter” who comes to mind.
Bottom line is it looks like you’ll be able to live in Manhattan in 280 square feet for $2,000 per month rent, and you can get a great view of Central Park. (For comparison, a small single-wide trailer is 720 square feet. This fact is not in the article, so I asked my friend QuickDraw McGoogle to research it for me.)
Now I don’t doubt that living small is an appropriate, future-oriented thing to do. We don’t need McMansions, we don’t need nearly as many things as we stuff into storage units, and one of the values that cities offer is high-density people. All of that is true.
But when it costs 200 hours per month of minimum wage work to occupy an apartment that squeezes kitchen, living and sleeping area, and bathroom into a 14×20 foot space, something is wrong.
Yet Ula has made lemonade from lemons, with quotes like the following:
”It helps us focus on one another,” he said. Without a lot of maintenance, “it’s amazing how much free time we have to be with one another. It also allows us to explore New York more.”
She makes an excellent “lifestyles” reporter. Someone who got all grouchy about what’s happening would probably not advance as quickly as she will. If she’s not plain, she may even be able to become a teevee reporter, where she’d be highly paid to speak to an audience that doesn’t like reading, because it’s way more fun to look at pretty, perky folks than it is to read. If she were appealing enough, she might get her own celebrity-style show, in which case she’d be set financially for life, even if her show was just a one year wonder. School-children would want to be her.
When I think of conspiracy-theorists, I’ll remember Ula, and follow her career.