Sunday, January 02, 2011

Don't ask me...

To ease ourselves back into this lark, here's a quick post highlighting a couple of Hoby's Road To Nowhere cartoons. The first [click pic to enlarge] is—like the political party to which it refers, a little incomplete and rough around the edges—but I think that it definitely has potential...

The second [click the pic to enlarge] simply made me laugh, since it pretty much sums up what I think about the student protests...

Do wander over to Hoby's place to see more cartoons (or even to hire him): I particularly enjoy the Road To Nowhere strip.


Anonymous said...

Bollocks, you're smarter than this, and you know better than this. Start talking about WHY people need degrees (hint: the answer does not begin with "in a free market"). Try again.

Devil's Kitchen said...


I am sure that your point is something like "people need degrees to get a decent job".

To which I reply "horseshit".

I don't have a degree and I have a very nice job, thank you. Also, our company tends to look for people without degrees—especially those whom we hire in a technical capacity—because they have the hunger and ability to make things work for themselves, or because they are interested in the stuff that we want them to be interested in.

This is probably far truer in the technical world—especially in the world of web software that I work in—than in other spheres.

However, it was true even in print design when I worked in the industry ten years ago—because those with degrees still had to be trained.

But yes, I am smarter than this—because, apparently I have built a career without a degree.


Anonymous said...

>I am sure that your point is something like "people need degrees to get a decent job".
Almost. I'm not saying it's impossible, especially in areas such as software and design. I would argue that our economy is so over-regulated that self-employment is much more difficult and that in many fields it is much harder to get a job without a degree than it would be in a free market. Even if I'm wrong on that count (I'm not) the perception is certainly there that this is so.

Looked at in this light, one could almost start to sympathise with the students, especially for the poorest ones: they have opportunity stolen from them by the government, and the (real or perceived) way out of it is taken from them.

As for me, I have mixed feelings from them. On the one hand, there's the above plus my instinctive sympathy for anyone fighting the government for any reason. On the other, I can smell the sense of entitlement from a hundred miles away, then the fact I'm fundamentally misanthropic; when I see people suffering at the hands of a shitty government they voted for (or, in the case of Labour voters, one very marginally better than the one they would have liked) I enjoy watching the fuckers suffer.

Anonymous said...

>As for me, I have mixed feelings from them.
By which, of course, I meant "for them". Bet you're regretting your opposition to subsidised education now, eh old chap? ;)

BTW, good to see the archives returning, DK.

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