Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

American Funemployed: Narcissism or Corporate Backlash

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American Funemployed: Narcissism or Corporate Backlash

The term “funemployed”  has been floating around for a little while now. This isn’t just a term used on social networking in the “work” section, it’s a way of life for a growing amount of young unemployed people. This LA Times story focused on a group of 20-30 somethings that lost their job. Instead of desperately searching for jobs and sending out resumes, they are living the good life. Going to the pool every day, playing golf, drinking margaritas. Some even go traveling long-term. They stay afloat with severance pay, savings, unemployment checks or money from mom and dad. 

What does this growing trend say about our culture? 

“Recession gives people permission to be unemployed,” said David Logan, a professor at USC‘s Marshall School of Business. “Why not make use of the time and go do something fun?”

Some would say the funemployed are embracing a lifestyle less centered on work and the corporate grind. To me it shows narccisism and immaturity in the younger American generations. Helicopter parenting doesn’t help this. If a grown person is supported by their parents and not expected to go out and achieve, why would they have any motivation to do so?

The story ties together a written story, photos, and video to give an overall impression of the trend. I think this helps the story make a bigger impact.


Written by apriljana

November 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

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  1. This is hilarious. Go get a job, I say.


    November 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

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