Recent contents of consciousness – Are you f**king kidding me?! Edition – 2018-09-05

“A new digital divide: Young people who can’t use keyboards” by Toshiaki Katsuda.
Somehow I’m simultaneously gobsmacked and not at all surprised to find out that many new employees to Japanese IT companies lack basic computer skills — even systems engineers.

“The No-Tipping Point: Inside the twisted minds of deliberately bad tippers” by Monica Burton. I feel like all of the discussion regarding tipping practices start with the words, “As a former server, . . .” That said, I completely understand the pushback against the compulsion to do what the employer should do (i.e., paying his/her employees). Yet, when I am in the US, I feel an internal push to over-tip — to the tune of >25%. Still, (wait for it . . . ) as a former server living in Japan, I can’t really tell the difference in service quality between what I get stateside and what I find at home in Tokyo, at least beyond the difference in “customer service orientation.” I guess all I can say is that this is a complicated issue with many cultural issues. My guess is that, for the time being, the low/no tipping crowd should not be surprised to receive some feedback when they choose to dine out.

An enjoyable voyage into the world of “The Bullshit Web” by Nick Heer. One note of warning: this article caused me to go down a fairly long and familiar rabbit trail of other “bullshit” writing — links to said bullshit are contained in this fun and interesting article, . . . which brings me to . . .

“On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant” by David Graeber.

In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more.


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