Thursday, August 24, 2006

A different understanding of happiness

I realize we've had this conversation before, but State 29 has a habit of bashing people who go to college to pursue anything but lucrative careers. Today he writes this about the career choice of former U of I Daily Iowan editor Annie Shuppy (no gratuitious picture with this post, sorry):

Are you sure you want to work for the dying newspaper industry?

I can't imagine why anybody would want to work for a major newspaper in a big city. Almost all of them are experiencing circulation and advertising downturns. Stock prices of major newspaper chains have been falling for years. Mergers and consolidations keep happening. And layoffs are a regular occurrance. Good luck.

I can imagine it. Annie, like me, has life goals that don't center around money. Some of us pursue careers where we can make a difference. Some of us pursue career goals that will get us out of the John Mellencamp-esque small town existences we'd otherwise be trapped in. Some of us would rather not choose a profession based on stock prices and circulation trends. And some of us would rather give up a few bucks here or there to chase that.

I can't understand people who live their lives with money as a primary goal. Even if I'm deluding myself into believing I'm making a difference, I'd rather keep chasing that.

As an aside, if you haven't read Annie Shuppy's full piece from Poynter, you should go do that now.


The Real Sporer said...

Remember a Tedism-false euphoria is better than no euphoria at all.

Matt ( said...

Kyle...are you sure that you'd like to passive aggressively attack small town life by saying you want to "escape" "John Mellencamp-esque" life?

KL Snow said...

1) What I said was paraphrasing something Shuppy said in the original article. Actually, it replaced what I was going to say, which would have been more inflammatory.

2) Small town life works for some people. I grew up in two small towns, I know people who are happy there. But I also know people who are trapped and miserable there. A lot of my friends from high school fall into the second category.

Small town life works for some people. Not for me.

G-Dub said...

I read her article, to me she sounded like an immature early twenties college graduate who really hasn't figured out that people raising families in the heartland and boating on the Missippi river for fun do as much for this world as the self important east coast residence who refer to this area as "fly-over country".

There are unhappy people who feel trapped all over. It isn't a phenomena caused by small town living.

And what is this all about:

"..... Annie, like me, has life goals that don't center around money. Some of us pursue careers where we can make a difference"

Where did that come from? Since when is small town living about the money?

It's small town living you and Ms. Shuppey are seeking to avoid.

Also, who the hell are you to imply that people living and working in small towns don't make a difference?

If you truly believe that, you obviously aren't paying attention.

KL Snow said...

There's a fair amount of misrepresentations in what you said.

My "Annie, like me, has life goals that don't center around money. Some of us pursue careers where we can make a difference" quote was concerning State 29's comments, where he implied that working in newspaper is a bad idea because there's no money in it.

I'm not saying living in a small town means not making a difference. I'm saying some people give up money to make a difference.

And as I've mentioned before, small town life works for some people, and if they're happy, I'm happy for them. It just doesn't work for me.


G-Dub said...

I hope you're right, KL.

After re-reading Annie's article and your post, I'm still left with the same impression.

Unless I'm unique, many others would take it that way too.