No Go For The Status Quo

Posted: January 12th, 2011

Image by Vipez (Flickr)

Image by Vipez (Flickr)

I was a bit disturbed this week after viewing some news that really hit close to home. As you may have already heard, a shooting occurred in Tucson, Arizona where six people were killed, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl, and a U.S. congresswoman shot in the head.

Tucson is where I grew up and graduated college, not to mention, I regularly frequented the Safeway store where the shooting occurred.

What further disturbed me was that I found out in the headlines… all the way out in Spain.

Now, I have a general dislike of the media (though, yes, I do need some news sources once in a while) and couldn’t help but attribute the shooting as a product of the media and some deranged young man whose switch suddenly flipped. I could go on and on about that but that’s not what this post is about.

I’ve thought a lot about it in the last few days but my real beef with the media is its extreme power in shaping our actions without us knowing whether we are really hearing the truth or some crap to get our attention. This especially hold true when it comes to our employment. In case you haven’t you heard:

“Job prospects remain grim for 2011” – Chicago Tribune

“Unemployment rises to 9.8%” – Miami Herald

“Evergreen Solar to cut 800 jobs as it tries to compete with China” – Boston Globe

And my favorite…

“A Modest Proposal to Stimulate Employment and Fight Terrorism” – NYT

I’d be lying if I said I never always trusted the media because, at one point in my life, I’d get my daily dose of CNN “world” news and the then the local news at 10 PM. I still remember that “It’s ten o’ clock. Do you know where your children are?” in that eery voice as it comes on.

But these were the days when I believed it was hard to find a good job and maybe I should consider further education to expand my degree. If I remember correctly, around the begining of the last decade, the job market was requiring skills beyond a bachelor’s degree.

In other words, I followed the status quo right to the tee.

As I began my freelance career, it took a few years to realize not to believe everything I hear in the news, if anything at all. In fact, I can sum up all the news for you in two sentences. If the economy is going south, there’s no jobs. If it’s in a boom, it’s still hard to find a job in a crowded job market.

Complete bullshit.

I can sum up the REAL news you need to know in two sentences. If there was no work  available, there would be NO economy. There is an economy and, in fact, economies all over the world so work must be available.

Of course, it isn’t to say that work is that easy to get. It takes a lot of work and, pardon the expression, some balls to get the work you desire but it’s there for the taking.

Now it’s time to get to it… or sit back and wait for the news to come back on again.

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Johnny is the founder of The Freelance Rant and a freelance web programmer with 8 years in the business. Have a visit at his company Oscarrr!web or see what he's up to on Twitter.

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  • Davina K. Brewer

    January 12th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Johnny, There IS work out there, there ARE good clients.. just have to drop the excuses, shake things up, get out there in find them. Thanks for the kick in the ass, good one.
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  • Johnny

    January 12th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks Davina. Dropping the excuses… couldn’t have put it better!

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  • P.S. Jones

    January 14th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Here, here, Johnny. All I hear is that the economy is so bad we might as well not even try. Give me a break! I’m working. He’s working. She’s working. If YOU’RE not working, that’s something you need think about.

  • Johnny

    January 14th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Good point Princess… if you ain’t workin’ then you are probably kidding yourself if you think you really want to.

  • Jon Buscall

    January 14th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Great post J. Some fire in your belly !
    If you haven’t read it, check out Don Delillos novel Libra. It kind of pinpoints the assassination of JFK as the birth of the media as we know it. It’s a very subtle book that clearly critiques the media era of the last forty years.
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  • Johnny

    January 19th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation Jon. You know, it had to take being out in Europe to make me realize how I use to hang on every word of the media and now to take it with a grain of salt. That and how does everybody not believe in the grassy knoll?