The Burnout Economy, the Last Blimp Pilot and Tourette’s in a PC World
Is there anyone who isn’t at least a little burnt out? I hate to be the type to rail against those gosh darn millennials (though, I am more Gen Z myself), but when our parents would come home exhausted and miserable from another day of decades of working nonstop, I don’t think they classified it as a generational syndrome. But maybe they just simply didn’t have a word for it. Today, though, we have a whole slew of books and services dedicated to combating burnout. Yet can any of this actually change our culture’s fundamental problems around work, or do I just need a vacation?
Magdalene Taylor is a junior staff writer at MEL, where she began working two weeks after graduating college. Her work is a blend of cultural analysis and service, covering everything from reconsiderations of low-brow hits like Joe Dirt and Nickelback to contemporary disability issues, OnlyFans and the types of minor questions about life like why baby carrots are so wet. She’s also reported on social media phenomena like “simps” and “pawgs.” In 2018, she published her 111-page undergraduate thesis on Insane Clown Posse, the Juggalo subculture and the subversive aesthetics of class. She is from God’s Country, rural Western Massachusetts.