I grew up being told to get a job as soon as I left secondary school, was constantly reminded that 'nobody should spend their life studying' and
that I was to 'marry, settle down and get a mortgage'. Comments like 'you wont make money faster than in bricks and mortar' have stuck with me for
so very long..
Most of which I completely rebelled against
One thing said to me has become far truer every day. This was 'The future is in entertainment'.
When I look back I realised how much of this statement was becoming true as I grew up. The old days where shops would close on a Wednesday afternoon
soon disappeared. Supermarkets began to crop up everywhere, jobs began to be more 24/7 than ever before and fast food restaurants began to pop up all
over the place.
Whilst all this was going on, the Sony walkman came into play along with VHS video and then, shock of all shocks, the compact disk.
Computers is where it really took off though.. and where it has struck a chord in many peoples lives.
From games consoles to the latest quad core processors, there is a slow move from the real world to the online realms of fantasy gamers, web sites
offering all manner of items.. sites where you can buy anything and everything and get it delivered.. with the computer and the internet, their is
almost no need to have to go out of your home.
Meanwhile, many of the jobs that we were all used to doing have gone, industry is going, full time jobs are going .. unless you're working in the
fast food industry, cinema, music, gaming, computers or security.
More than a million people are working part-time out of "necessity rather than convenience" for the first time – a 45% increase since the
recession began, according to a new study.
Most of our jobs have now gone abroad where millions once lived on the minimum or were fending for them selves on land owned by them for generations.
Call centres are are now mainly based in India or the Philippines.
A UK "based" call centre can claim to be that as long as there are a minimum of 50 employees.. the other several hundred employees can be anywhere
else in the world.
Instead of wanting to be served by a face-to-face conversation regarding an issue or a fault or general advice etc, all we now have to do is call a
number and talk to a person who is sat on their rear getting info from a computer.. which you could have probably done yourself.
My main focus here is the UK and the USA.. Millions unemployed with not much option of a full time job being gained. Part time work seems to be the
new order of things.. leaving us with not much money, but plenty of time to spend our money. The UK will top up your wages and help you with your rent
if you're on a low wage.. It's almost to the point where you are working part time, yet getting a full time wage.. So what do most do with their
It seems to me that our money is now going directly to the supermarkets (who are now beginning to sell far more goods than just food.. like TV's DVD
players, games consoles, clothes and furniture.. They obviously want to wipe out the high street completely.) and to the world of entertainment.. How
else do you curb a revolution from happening when everyone is sat at home playing online games or eating out at a restaurant or watching a movie at
the local multiplex cinema?
Fears have been voiced about the growth of the 'big four' supermarkets after BBC research found at least 577 stores were approved in the UK in
two years. Planning authorities gave Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons permission for at least 480 stores in England in the two years to 1
November. In Scotland at least 67 stores were approved and there were at least 22 in Wales and eight in Northern Ireland. Campaigners say the stores
are putting independent traders out of business.
Some famous artists are by-passing record deals altogether and signing exclusive contracts with supermarkets to ensure sales.
Through these supermarkets and the reduction of jobs in this so called 'credit crunch' and with the massive cuts that governments are making, we
have got a lot more time on our hands...but for what purpose? Where is all this leading us?
Are we becoming a culture of "entertain me"? Is this an effort to 'dumb us down'?
There was a TV documentary on last night where a UK bus driver went to the Philippines to drive a Jeepney (the Philippine equivalent). The UK bus
driver, checks his bells work, checks how clean the bus is, makes sure his seat is adjusted properly and has a computerised ticket system all for an 8
hour day with a nice wage packet.
The Philippine driver does all his own mechanics, usually rents the jeepney, deals in cash only and collects fares and gives change whilst driving
and contends with some of the most incredible traffic in the world. On top of that, it is normally a 12 hour working day all to take home an average
of around 500 pesos (7 GBP or 11 Dollars)
We love being busy.. we were not meant to sit around all day playing games or shopping for 'buy one get one free' items.. but with the current trend
where there just are not enough hours in the day, why is entertainment taking over from an honest days work?
How far can we sustain ourselves in a society geared towards spending money if there is no money to be earnt, yet this same society makes cuts but
still wants us to spend.. and most of this spending seems to be going towards entertainment?
I wonder what you were once told that would be the future only for you to realise that those words began to be prophetically true?