Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 04.05.2021 - 320 Seiten
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"[A] razor sharp book of cultural criticism . . . With blistering prose and all-too vivid reporting, Petersen lays bare the burnout and despair of millennials, while also charting a path to a world where members of her generation can feel as if the boot has been removed from their necks."--Esquire

"An analytically precise, deeply empathic book about the psychic toll modern capitalism has taken on those shaped by it. Can't Even is essential to understanding our age, and ourselves."--Ezra Klein, Vox co-founder and New York Times best-selling author of Why We're Polarized

An incendiary examination of burnout in millennials--the cultural shifts that got us here, the pressures that sustain it, and the need for drastic change

Do you feel like your life is an endless to-do list? Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram because you're too exhausted to pick up a book? Are you mired in debt, or feel like you work all the time, or feel pressure to take whatever gives you joy and turn it into a monetizable hustle? Welcome to burnout culture.

While burnout may seem like the default setting for the modern era, in Can't Even, BuzzFeed culture writer and former academic Anne Helen Petersen argues that burnout is a definitional condition for the millennial generation, born out of distrust in the institutions that have failed us, the unrealistic expectations of the modern workplace, and a sharp uptick in anxiety and hopelessness exacerbated by the constant pressure to "perform" our lives online. The genesis for the book is Petersen's viral BuzzFeed article on the topic, which has amassed over seven million reads since its publication in January 2019.

Can't Even goes beyond the original article, as Petersen examines how millennials have arrived at this point of burnout (think: unchecked capitalism and changing labor laws) and examines the phenomenon through a variety of lenses--including how burnout affects the way we work, parent, and socialize--describing its resonance in alarming familiarity. Utilizing a combination of sociohistorical framework, original interviews, and detailed analysis, Can't Even offers a galvanizing, intimate, and ultimately redemptive look at the lives of this much-maligned generation, and will be required reading for both millennials and the parents and employers trying to understand them.

 

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Nutzerbericht  - jonerthon - LibraryThing

An attempt at a sweeping scan at the many systems that have stymied the attempt at a balanced life for almost all of the millennial generation. There was plenty that I identified with, including the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

Although I expected a whining polemic about how tough millennials have it, I was wrong. This serious book presents lays out an intense indictment of our social and political systems and the impact on ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

1 Our BurntOut Parents
1
2 Growing MiniAdults
21
3 College at Any Cost
45
4 Do What You Love and Youll Still Work Every Day for the Rest of Your Life
67
5 How Work Got So Shitty
95
6 How Work Stays So Shitty
119
7 Technology Makes Everything Work
149
8 What Is a Weekend?
179
9 The Exhausted Millennial Parent
207
Back Matter
243
Back Cover
285
Spine
286
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (2021)

A former senior culture writer for BuzzFeed, Anne Helen Petersen now writes her newsletter, Culture Study, as a full-time venture on Substack. Petersen received her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on the history of celebrity gossip. Her previous books, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud and Scandals of Classic Hollywood, were featured in NPR, Elle, and the Atlantic. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

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