That's the problem of this era, not as The Atlantic article by Megan Garber suggests, too much fun. Ever since those misfit Puritans settled in New England, there has been a fear of the lightness of being.
Faked fun, unfortunately, is everywhere.
That includes how many books and articles covering points of law are positioned and packaged. Take, for example, Jeffrey Toobin's book about Patty Hearst "American Heiress: The Wild Saga ..." The contents are pretty boring. I picked it up because I assumed it would be a fun read. Wrong.
In faux legal matters such as the myriad cops and legal television shows it's easy to groan about the faked fun. Classic are the family in-jokes which are sprinkled throughout each episode of "Blue Bloods." Who gives a damn if prosecutor Erin is a lousy driver?
Outside the umbrella of legal per se, there's the growing amount of faked-fun help-wanted ads. The workplaces are not only described as fun places. The applicant must also have a sense of humor. Sometimes the type of humor is specified, as in wry or belly-laugh. Beware. Those are often low-paid sweatshops.
So, where can we find real fun?
The first stop is Abovethelaw.com. For example, yesterday its lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino let us in on the fun of virtual law firms taking on BigLaw. Stay at home partners at Culhane Meadows bill clients about half what is traditional. This can unhinge BigLaw the way LegalZoon did SmallLaw and solos. Here is Rubino's article.
Another is to view a White House press conference. Directly. Not through the filters established on SNL. Yesterday's on the proposed TrumpTax was a slap-your-knee funny. How middle-aged white men in good suits ham-handedly dodged questions from media was amazing. The dark humor was rooted in the reality that they just didn't give a sh_t.
There are parts of America stuck in Puritan times.
On a first date, a man asked me: What is the purpose of your life?
Since my family carries the suicides gene, I answered: To stay alive. Then I burst out laughing.
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