June 16, 2016

Is this progress?

Used to be that the default "joke" job was "flipping burgers at McDonalds".

Nowadays it's "being a barista at Starbucks".

I suppose that change means something but damned if I know what.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 06:43 AM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 McDonalds have automated?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 16, 2016 09:21 AM (PiXy!)

2 McDonald's was for high-school grads who couldn't do better, Starbucks is for college grads who can't do better.


Posted by: J Greely at June 16, 2016 11:55 AM (CLiR9)

3 Speaking of changes, it seems like #every #word in the #English #language is now #spelled with a #pound #sign.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 16, 2016 12:51 PM (+rSRq)

4 I'm still trying to figure out why a female coffee server is a barista but a male one is... a barista? Shouldn't he be a baristo instead?

Posted by: pgfraering at June 16, 2016 01:30 PM (RVqLD)

5 Despite the -a, it's apparently neutral gender in Italian, and people who assume that there should be a corresponding male -o word are obviously expressing their toxic masculinity in order to maintain their patriarchal dominance over womyn of coffee.


Posted by: J Greely at June 16, 2016 01:50 PM (CLiR9)


I think J just won the thread.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 16, 2016 02:05 PM (+rSRq)

7 I'm sure he's very proud.  Most privileged white males are.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 16, 2016 03:16 PM (Hdexn)


Starbucks is for college grads who can't do better.

Sadly, that is not solely restricted to the US.  Friends of the family who have been to Taiwan recently tell me that coffee shops are everywhere now, both Starbucks and local chains/independent establishments.*  The running joke (Prompted by the less than energetic state of Taiwan's economy over the last few years.) is that all the college graduates who are unable to find jobs are now opening coffee shops - which at least indicates some hopes about entrepreneurial spirit.

*Yes, it appears that while tea is still commonly drank, coffee is now the dominant drink...In an Asian country.

Posted by: cxt217 at June 16, 2016 07:20 PM (ihsfL)

9 I'm sure he's very proud.


Posted by: J Greely at June 16, 2016 09:36 PM (ZlYZd)

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