Unfortunately this is not a joke or a super scatological verbal filth fest, quite typical of me. This is about friends of mine going through such travails that it leads me to worry about the advertising scene in various places.
Economically speaking, the times are tough and everyone is cutting back on their budgets. From factories stationed stateside returning to Japan, to halved advertising costs, to companies developing in-house advertising to better control their ads and save a pretty big buck by shafting unsuspecting people; the tactics are endless and the repercussions obvious. Things are going to the crapper in various places and I can’t help but wonder how far will it go.
Ignoring the ever alarming rate of violence and psychopaths going on shooting sprees, if such a thing is even possible, I see friend after friend calling me up desperate because they are out of a job and no one seems to be hiring. Good people, talented individuals looking to be part of a team, have gotten strategically eliminated to balance the budget. And still we see people eating lobster thermidor, driving Bentleys while the workforce is watching the world go round after being hacked by the guillotine.
To make matters even better, seems there’s a new crew of small agencies willing to milk young professionals until they quit. By milk I mean extort any value from them while rewarding them with wages and salaries comparable to your local fast food joint… before getting shafted by taxes.
The future really frightens me because things will possibly get to the point where it spreads all around, infecting the collective. Crossing oceans and industries and pushing us to a pseudo feudal system where neo-capitalist serfs will be the job descriptions of future generations. People murdering Amish people? Teens killing teens? Paris Hilton making a CD? Sounds to me like it’s all going down the drain and who knows when any of us will be next. For my part, I’m luckily employed in a place I don’t despise working at. It’s no Eden but hell, what bullshit office job is? Yeah you might get hooked on working, but that doesn’t mean it’s heavenly.
To any and all ex-coworkers and friends who have gotten financially eliminated from their companies, my best to you. I know the times are tough and I wish you the best.
Peace, love and… well we had to strategically eliminate the maki rolls… what bullshit.