asks, "What's a dirty secret that everybody in your industry knows about but anyone outside of your line of work would be scandalized to hear?"
Twitter responds with dozens of reports of systemic fraud, abuse, prejudice, corruption, incompetence, and precarity from restaurants, heavy industry, non-profits, technology, theatre, shipping, customer service, flower arranging, medicine, law, art, education, government, senior care, agriculture, telecommunications, and virtually every other sphere of modern economic activity.Apt commentary from @trash_fire
if you read that "secrets of industry" thread you'll learn that class advancement is the biggest scam going
people are brought up to believe that they can do a variety of interesting things, but the reality is that those positions are already captured by a very small aristocratic class
then these people are forced into peonage by the same class, because they attempted to get close to them/ their traditional careers
this isn't to say it's impossible to make at, just that it's impossible to be an Artist unless you have wealth
the same thing goes for other careers that would traditionally lead to an upper middle class lifestyle, actually-- lawyer, doctor, etc
The salaries are lower than they used to be or the credentialing process is so long and expensive that it hollows out the career path
@girlziplocked's current pinned tweet is a quote from Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater:
Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.