“TV reflects the reality that, aside from the odd internet genius, social mobility has come to a hobbled crawl in this country.
…you start out a socio-economic disadvantage in which the escalator steps of the past—going to college, working hard, setting aside money for the future—no longer address, because the escalator is broken.
Steady income doesn’t cut it anymore. Dual income barely cuts it anymore.
For underdog opportunists, there’s still money to be made—but on the sly, beneath the radar, practically off the grid—through the underground economy.”
—James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, April 2012