You get home from a long day at work and turn on the TV. It’s been a long week, so you think to yourself- maybe i’ll take the family to a movie on Saturday. Maybe we’ll even go on a vacation soon! We could visit museums and go to plays and see all sorts of fun attractions.
When you turned the TV on, nothing happened. There are no actors to entertain you.
When you went to the movie theater, nothing was showing. There were no advertisements to tell you that anything was showing, so you went to the theater to find out. Nothing playing. There is no one to film and create movies for you. Well at least your vacation will be fun, right? Not like there will be any plays to see and there won’t be anything in the art museums.
Well at least you have the shack you are living in that you made out of cardboard and sheets.
Not like you could find an architect to build you a house with all the money you’re making as an engineer.
They don’t want you to take control of your own image in the POWERFUL MYTHOLOGY OF THE MEDIA. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE ARTS AND MEDIA CONTROLS SOCIETY. THEY want to dissuade you from entering these powerful fields.
Do the opposite.
All of This.
These fields also clearly share long hours with relatively low pay, at least for the vast majority of the people in them. Good luck paying off that Ivy League architecture degree before retirement, unless you get lucky or your parents do it for you.
The reasons behind that differ from one to the next, but there is a general relationship between the likely low financial reward and the “control” noted by twindalhollow in the post above.
That combination of low personal ROI and potential high social power has the potential to keep the fields’ gatekeepers and dominant practitioners firm elite and independently wealthy.
This isn’t exactly new (or unique), but these fields of study don’t bring the paycheck today that they did fairly recently, and that brings it into sharper relief. Still, imagine trying to survive as one of the highly influential Beaux-Arts competitors of the 1700’s, building only one or two commissions in your lifetime, if you were even lucky enough to win. You had to have wealth to make it.
While industries such as banking rely on family-connected internships to keep the right people in key companies and newcomers out, a prestigious unpaid internship has much the same effect in design. Often followed by a family-financed business venture, just like it’s always been done.
(Source: boyfroend, via bronzekat)