I'm reading a New Yorker article that keeps referring to the consulting "industry." Say what, now? The consulting what? My eye keeps going back to the first place it's written. The consulting industry. /me blinks.
I suppose in that case philosophers are part of the philosophy industry. Poetic industry, anyone? All those people in the singing industry are hard at work, and some are also part of the acting industry. Odd, odd.
I remember my father, once long ago, when speaking of everyone in a certain area around our house, saying that he was the only one who was actually making something tangible. The rest were pencil-pushers and bureaucrats. Not any more, though, as now they are part of the pencil-pushing industry. This must be something to do with the way the United States isn't really making things anymore.
Labels: Dept. of Get to Work
posted by - 11:48 PM
Maybe that is why there are so many more crafty people around lately. Our jobs aren't giving us the opportunity to create anything tangible.
Painters, who make an object, are considered to be craftsmen now, or they were in the 90s. "Cutting Edge" art was intangible, conceptual, the product being a realization in the mind of the viewer. That puts painting into a new category, possibly limbo, because it is a handmade object, yet it is not functional, which is what the definition of a craft was when I last tuned in to consensual reality.