The new slackers

By Janelle Brown and Katharine Mieszkowski

Published February 28, 2001 8:30PM (EST)

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Two words: Boo freaking hoo. Who can get upset about dot-com layoffs when the worst side effect is three-week vacations for too-rich tech babies who don't know the meaning of real suffering? The high-tech sector, and the "workers" it employs, need to get over it and understand that they have it easier and better than anyone ever has -- and that their whining is falling on deaf ears.

-- Billy Williams

Isn't it funny how the universe takes care of itself? San Francisco was always about one thing: karma. That Reaganesque greed of the dot-commers and Silicon Valley would never last -- at least not there. Let New York keep the Wall Street greed. San Francisco will always remain the socialist's and true artist's haven.

-- James P.

My generation is full of a bunch of whining, self-aggrandizing tools! Why not have a follow-up story six months from now asking the subjects of your articles how they like being unemployed now? Once all the money is gone, I bet walking the dog, doing laundry, bartending and making the mortgage payment will stop being so much fun.

-- Carlton Nettleton

It's getting tiresome to read these lifestyle pieces about pink-slipped ex-commers. How about an opposing piece about an over-30 woman who gets laid off from her blue-collar administrative job at a struggling janitorial company to go work for a financial dot-com still in business, and learns Flash on the side after 10 years of crappy telemarketing jobs and cleaning houses? Or am I the only person who fits this demographic -- and therefore not copyworthy? Just wondering.

-- Jane Ripley

San Franciscans are as bad as New Yorkers once were, in that they assume that what's going on in San Francisco is what's going on in the rest of the country. It couldn't be further from the truth. As a professional Web developer, I never went to any stupid IPO parties; I never worked in an office with my dog, and I'm not currently unemployed, living off my parents. Please, Salon, try maybe taking a day trip out of the Bay Area, to see how real people live. I don't see your articles about the "dot-com" boom or bust as being informative. I see them as being entertaining vignettes on how those bizarre San Francisco people live.

-- Frank Papa

I can definitely relate to the general malaise and disillusionment that grow from these silly little Web jobs. Working for a dot-com is like painting a billboard and then watching people immediately tear it down. Cube life in any form sucks, especially when your creative inclinations demand more than whatever free time you have outside of the workday. In the long run, it's better to follow your heart and become truly happy than to ride the Web wagon and become catatonic.

-- Kelly X.

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