Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Extended childhood

What is the world coming to? Everything is upside down. Working in retail at Crate and Barrel is considered an internship, as is being a doorman on the Upper East Side. Jeans cost upwards of $200. These two seemingly unrelated trends strike me as being somehow connected. What the "how" is in this "somehow" I am not sure, but I think it has something to do with extended childhood. Educated people work for nothing or next to it till their thirties and dress like teenagers (not to mention care about such things as designer jeans) well past middle age.


Anonymous said...

As far as "educated people" go part of the problem is the extended time period people tend to spend in Uni now. For a lot of people it will be 4 years college, then take a year or two off and go back to do 2-4 years to get masters, law degree etc. In the UK, canada, Australia etc. you don't need an undergraduate degree to study law, medicine etc. you do them as your first degree.

Phoebe Maltz Bovy said...

True enough. That would explain both the youthful dress and the bizarre internships.

Dylan said...

The Crate and Barrel thing looks like a "management-lite" thing. Inasmuch as they want degreed people to manage stores, it's a "real" internship.