How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation
/ adulting: to-do lists: finite mental energy
/ millennial-ness: workaholic: nervous compulsion (not enough; more & harder)
*** Vulnerability is in the air. (but no common voca: unspeakable)
/ American Dream: no winning system: saving less, more depressed
1 Our burnt-out parents
/ too much personal risk & burden
→ less social protection(training, insurance, pension, union...)
/ anxiety of white, middle-class men: precarity
: controlling children to get right eduction and job
/ anti-social: determine voting habit: loving money: premature pragmatism
2 Growing mini-adults
/ concerted cultivations(as policy): boomer’s parenting → helicopter parenting
(overscheduled, overprotected, oversupervising) : iteriation(boomers' strong influence)
↔ natural growth: on their own: having benefits of leisure time
/ class anxiety: scary of downward mobility → Work hard & better!
3 College at any cost
/ human capital: raising resume(not kids): ticket to the middle-class?!
: Ivy promise seeker: resume padding: person’s value?
: parent & children not separating, some kind of mutual fund?^^;
/ competing robots: college prep stress & debt
[reality] hard work, grade < connections & credentials
[reality] learning & thinking deep < reading & knowing fast
/ education gospel: Are you an appropriate American? ↔ un-American: inferior
(American Dream will be back at any time?^^;)
4 Do what you love and you'll still work
/ Do what you love ethos: exploitation(colonizing yourself): overwork, underpaid
: hope labor: demanding internships: start-up biz strategy(giving meal and taxi fare)
/ passion & calling → no matter how treated(no critical thinking)
/ Let’s talk about work as work. → Do what you like just fine.
: resume not assuring a job: not entire yourself
5 How work got so shitty
/ capitalism & free market: no union & government regulations
/ class system: salariat → precariat (lowest income in caste system): can’t bring a family
: workers not assets, but disposal robots
*** Precarity can’t be new normal!!
/ Today’s stock value: making short-term profits: downsizing: Cut the fat! (justifying layoffs)
/ fissured company: not employed by company: no legal responsibility
: outsourcing, abroad factories, contractors: having no labor rights
: not worker-friendly culture(overwork, underpaid, stressful, no privacy...)
6 How work stays so shitty
/ internalizing (work) ethic of overwork: from eliticism & Wall Street bankers
/ surveillance: inhumane censoring: treating as human robots
/ stress ① trapping not to look other options ② losing negotiating power
/ gig economy: no protection: not employees, but customers
/ freelancer rhetoric ↔ Resist exploitation: need solidarity
7 Technology makes everything work
/ digital exhaustion: constant accessibility(compulsive & obsessive)
: Remote work means more work.
/ attention economy: outlier without smart phone
: addicted to dopamine & mutitasking(just delusion!)
: social media influencer: personal brand: curated & showcasing: no breaks
8 What is a weekend?
/ self-optimization anxiety: productivity & perfection craze
/ class anxiety: manic consumption: not restful: thicket into aspirational class?(not choice)
/ monetized hobby ↔ nonmonetary social ties
***** Don't forget that you’re valuable because you are.
9 The exhausted millennial parent
/ parenting burnout
: demanding of total surveillance + fear of downward mobility
/ social media & technology: Instagram Mom-ing
↔ Just living as you are!
/ patriarchy: undervalue domestic labor(caretaker): unequal distribution labor
+++++ Mothers are conditioned to be mutitaskers. ↔ men’s leisure privilege
/ mother’s issue: Mommy Martyrdoom: shame not doing more and great
: busy but easy!: role overload: never-enoughness
→ social problem: abjectly un-American (discourse)
: class connectedness, reproduction, performance → costs & mental load
: Act and speak for the enduring, equitable distribution of labor!!!
Conclusion: Burn it down
/ delaying adulting(marriage & motherhood)
: children = mini-life bombs: losing self & value: hard to feel right & enough
: too exhausted by optimizing ourselves
/ culture of burnout & gender imbalance: birth & labor crisis
: Time to act and vote for public sectors!
***** We are each valuable simply because we are.