Mike Rowe is a television personality who is best known as the narrator for the Discovery channel’s Deadliest Catch and also hosted the series Dirty Jobs for 10 seasons. He’s on a one-man crusade to fight back against what he considers to be an unfair assault on hard work. His website, Profoundly Disconnected, explains it this way:
A trillion dollars in student loans. Record high unemployment. Three million good jobs that no one seems to want. The goal of Profoundly Disconnected is to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. The Skills Gap is here, and if we don’t close it, it’ll swallow us all.
I’m personally a big fan of Mike and his message. He’s an incredibly well-read and articulate man, so it caught my eye when he wrote a missive on Facebook to object to a media assertion that he hates social media. He doesn’t. In fact, he uses it extremely effectively. What he doesn’t care for, however, is what he calls “the democratization of banality.”
As he so often does, Mike Rowe hits the nail on the head.
The Democratization of Banality
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In this TED talk, Mike tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.
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