Even during what Beckett calls ‘sudden calamity’ – the gravest economic crisis since the Second World War – the country by recent swine-flu standards stayed remarkably calm. There were some alarms and amusing excursions: Patrick Jenkin, the energy minister, advised people to save electricity by cleaning their teeth in the dark (and then newspapers printed pictures of Jenkin’s own house ablaze with light). But the winter was mild and people coped. Output per labour hour actually increased. Workers worked harder over shorter weeks and then went home to trim the wicks of antique oil lamps and pay more attention to their children and gardens. The three television channels closed down early at 10.30 p.m., streetlights were dimmed, offices cooled their heating to 65ºF; but the world did not collapse. Trade at fishing-tackle shops and golf courses boomed. The emergency, in Beckett’s words, became ‘a sort of extended national holiday’.
Academia has been doing this for years, its called graduate school
of course I would have loved to work a paid job. But I WILL NOT get a job in marketing, or any other communications field, with no experience. That's how it is now. I have no desire to 'fight the system' and not get a job because of it.
So, I got a little off topic but the point I'm trying to make is that if the patterns on Whistler Mountain hold true for other unpaid jobs then it would seem that the unpaid internship is often a path for kids from lower class families just as often as it may be for kids who are from upper class ones.
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