Monday, August 03, 2009

Post Titled: Poor little babies!
Normally I respect Der Spiegel, but they recently put out a "Wir Krisenkinder" issue recently (translated to something like "We, the children of the crisis") and then puts out a special edition... In my mind I imagine the special edition being in response to poor little krisenkinders shelling out the cover price to read about their own horrible plight. Makes sense... Look how thin they are!:

This sort of pandering to obvious bat guano kind of makes my skin crawl. Germany is one of the top world economies and their quality/standard of living is one of the highest on planet earth, so having an issue which clearly panders to their effing plight is simply absurd. Oh, you poor verwöhnte little shits, you don't get your comfy cozy job after studying until you are 26 years old. You have lived a quarter century, consuming resources all along and have yet to contribute almost nothing to balance out the resources required to keep you alive, eating and shitting and downloading. Seriously? wow. So, my point: Dear Spiegel, re-adjust your bullshit-tinted goggles, and think about all this for a second.
P.S. Oh, and I'm currently jobless (also a direct result of the "krise" and I'm really happy being unemployed. The "KRISE" is an opportunity to dissolve the dumb work-life ideas leftover from / as a result of the 20th century post-war period. The possibility of living a non-stagnant life now presents itself. This is a blessing: Death to the office. Death to the work week. Death to spending more time with your co-workers than your loved ones. Move on, people...

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Anonymous DLR said...

You make me want to quit my job, dude. (Well, that and the fact that it's rather dull).

What do you unemployed people do with your time? If Spiegel is right, you should be crying into your cornflakes right now.

They had their old Onkel Toms Huette issue, too. It's just another version of that blindness to the fact that they might be causing offence by not thinking through a headline...

Good polemic, though. I like it.

1:34 am  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

heh, I don't know what i do actually but I'm really really busy. buuuuut... i''d say
if you have a job, keep it. I probably wouldn't've quit, but the fact that i find myself drifting has been a - uhm, game-changer. definitely for the good, though.

1:44 am  
Blogger WOOLY MAMMOTH said...

Did you even read these article(s)?

2:06 am  
Blogger Victoria said...

p.... when i saw that cover i did not even want to look inside this issue... what you wrote, was what i instantly thought... don´t know the content,... but its about your thoughts right now..... i mean we both live here but something i would love is that germans to see more how many opportunities there are around... (i´m half german) and its not as terrible they always make things look... nothing is terrible at all here in germany... maybe some people need to see a therapist to sort out there terribili-ties but we don´t starve to death here... its innate... krises or not... there will be always this gene in some to complain... i have a number of pure german friends which actually are not like that & bless them... and lucky me i met them.. its true.... how dare they to complain without even having started to contribute to the system yet.... oh... its starting to crawl up on me now.. better stop.. cause now i am complaining am i not? ;) see you soon*

5:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I was going to say, with all due respect, TAR, some of us would very much enjoy moving on...but, at 33, I'd feel like kind of an a-hole getting evicted from my house... then I read you response to DLR. Good advice. I hope you enjoy this time to do...whatever!
Peace Out.

1:27 am  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

see, even CNN Money says that working is pointless. (kind of)

4:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, those assholes trying to make ends meet are so 1954! I'm gonna go live on a pile of Spagettios and make friendship bracelets until I give birth to my first child. He shall be raised on Eggs Benedict made out of fiberglass, pigeon doo doo and free lard and become the REAL Incredible Hulk!!!

7:54 am  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

Come on, guys, -I just think that everyone should stop working and stop paying thier bills. Why is that so crazy?

9:26 am  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

p.s. I love the "pile of Spagettios" comment, that is brill! going to rename the blog pile of Spagetti-Os for a bit...

11:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

notice that you are also only "happy" not having a desk job anymore because you get welfare, er, unemployment, equivalent to a living wage.

its good that you find yourself more free after not having a job, and you're right about germans having a great living standard, but a krise doesn't just have to mean lacking food. i also haven't read the article, but a social crises is a social crises, regardless if you compare it to other living standards in the world. Some people want to DO something and be productive, NOT just go to school and then get on sozialhilfe so they can go to art galleries whenever they want. in that sense, the krise seems to be preventing people from being the unproductive little shits you accuse them of being while saying "i'm really busy but i don't know what i actually do..."

2:45 pm  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

but the sun is expanding! the universe is going to end! it doesn't matter what we do!!! auuuhhHHHHHHAHAHAH

3:13 pm  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

Dear Anonymous,
Not to pick a comment fight here but on this point: "a social crises is a social crises, regardless if you compare it to other living standards in the world."
hurm, well- for example- being 98% comfortable in Frankfurt -employed or not VS. being screwed in Detroit or legless in Lagos or just barely surviving somewhere else, not the same think! In Germany one has to really TRY to fail, really put an effort into losing everything- whereas other parts of the world one starts with nothing or can practically lose everything at the drop of a hat.

Admittedly, I am not productive at this point, but I am ok with that. I try to consume a minimal amount of resources, at least, and not contribute too much to world problems.

Furthermore: "Some people want to DO something and be productive, NOT just go to school and then get on sozialhilfe so they can go to art galleries whenever they want."
I don't understand this point in that getting a job is rarely being productive unless you are working on a farm or doing humanitarian work or physically contribututing to the welfare of the human race. A career in the information industry (press, politics, marketing, and practically any service-industry bullshit) is really kind of like working on nothing. Granted, I do like reading, but on the whole the amount of time and creative energy that goes into making art and literature is a drop in the bucket in comparison to the amount of time and energy directed to insure that we continue to live in a desire-driven haze of compromise.

"In that sense, the krise seems to be preventing people from being the unproductive little shits you accuse them of being while saying "i'm really busy but i don't know what i actually do...""

THe 'crisis' gives us the prefect opportunity to re-think life, the latter-half-of-the-20th-century version of life, and the future- as futile as that may be, and get used to the fact that the western life of painless comfort(s) may just be coming to an end, that the gradual onset of chaos... and it actually has the potential to be really truly fraking interesting and refreshing.
I am just not convinced that most of what we do job-wise is actually "productive" or at all necessary, OR could be micro-/localized (such as entertainment)...

3:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tar,
I'll happily take up a comment fight, so long as it remains productive.

1) Being legless in Lagos is not a social crisis. Neither is being screwed in Detroit (whatever you mean by "screwed" here). You cite the potentially positive aspects of the german social krise--opportunity to reconfigure some basic worldviews, etc--while at the same time wanting to deny that it's a crises. you contradict yourself. and what is meant by "social crisis is a social krise", is that if your world has been screwed up and flipped upside down, it doesn't matter that your living standard is higher than other places in the world, YOUR world is still f*cked. think about getting your heart broken--does it matter that you have a warm house and enough to eat, or are you still ridiculously and uncontrollably miserable regardless? yes, it's hard to feel sorry for these germans who are 98% comfortable (physically), but psychological health should not be discounted, and in fact it is just as important. this is what i think is meant by "crisis is crisis".

2) side point (but if were're nit picking each other's comments): can you really say "i try to consume a minimum amount of resources"? compared to what? when's the last time you took a cross-atlantic flight? congratulations: you just contributed as much to globabl warming as the average AMERICAN home will over the next YEAR (look it up). i'm not asking anyone to be captain planet, but don't try and rationalize your position based on something obviously ridiculous.

3) productivity: having sex with a condom is "unproductive". you would trip over your own definition of productive if you had to really work it out. art is, practically by definition, unproductive as well. while i do agree with you in spirit that a large amount of our (german, since we're talking about the krise) society's jobs are probably bullshit, you can't just start tearing things down at whim and call yourself open-minded or revolutionary. it's far more complicated than that. that's actually my main point through all of this: you want to criticize lots of things, but if you are not balanced about it, YOU come off as ridiculous and can't hold together your own argument.

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