I finished reading Barbara Ehreneich’s book, Bait and Switch, on the flight to California. Having often found myself in the PowerPoint Pit of Despair, I chuckled at this observation from her book:
Maybe it isn’t the content of the presentation that matters, but the discipline required to maintain the sitting posture and vague look of attentiveness for hours on end. While blue-collar workers invite injury and exhaustion through physical exertion, white-collar workers endure the sometimes equally painful results of immobility. Maybe the whole point of a college education, which is the almost universal requirement for white-collar employment, is that it trains you to sit still and keep your eyes open.