Quitting your job has never been so fun
According to Ms Green, the post more than doubled daily traffic to her site and received over a thousand comments within an hour of posting. âI have received letters like this quite regularly for years,â she said. His general approach to responding to them has not changed. What has, she says, are her readers.
âIt’s almost like there’s crowd energy there,â she said.
The real story of what is happening to the American worker right now is still being written, but the stories they want to be told are being published daily. They share a theme: well, we have a little bit of influence, and, wow, wouldn’t it be nice to use it? Readers preparing for a delicious take-down from a condescending District Director enjoy a rare moment of solidarity in an otherwise alienating time. They allow, if only briefly, the intrusion of thoughts they had not allowed themselves to entertain before. Some people even act on them (“this subreddit finally gave me motivation“).
Meanwhile, the community, which is approaching one million members, is also trying to find out what and who it is really for. Some of the debates are a reminder that r / antiwork is a forum like any other, bogged down in its own management disputes, trapped in a trading platform where many of the other fastest growing communities are full of days. -traders and crypto. passionate. Others represent awkward but serious attempts at group definition by people who seem to realize just how much energy is around them.
An article entitled “SALARIES!” How much do you earn? Has over 18,000 responses. Another demanding that people “Keep politics out of this sub” sparked a surprisingly welcoming debate over whether that would even be possible. Retro editorial cartoons are shared alongside hyper-referential memes, between statistics on the wealth gap and updates on union campaigns at Amazon. One thread warns the subreddit not to become too âcommunistâ; another asks: “Is this sub getting too moderate / right-wing, instead of embracing worker solidarity and radical revolution?” Commentators who question the veracity of such strong texts are told, in some cases by group moderators, that they are missing the point.
It’s possible, as with so many other viral trends, that all of this content is just another example of new media meeting their moment – the exhausted and tired Covid-era vision of the Horatio Alger stories, in which the protagonist always walks.
And, of course, maybe a few long-running memes formats combined with a chaotic online community doesn’t quite mean a move. But if this is not the case, in 2021, we must ask ourselves: what does it do?