They always tell you to “fake it until you make it”, but is that
actually good advice? Maybe in some fields with little or no value other
than entertaining social degenerates, like webcomics, but what about
other areas? Oh, not sure how to do CPR? Well, fake it until you make
it, buddy. Having trouble with that flight exam? Well, you’ll probably
figure it out sometime. In some ways, we’ve reached peak
#FakeItUntilYouMakeIt, haven’t we?
All I’m saying is that maybe there are some things in which our motto
should be, “If you don’t know it, don’t do it until you’ve learned.” I
once had a roommate who was studying to become a nurse and she was
purposefully trying to do mediocre on her exams to avoid doing all the
work. I remember discussing this with her and she said, “I only need a C
on most things, and I want to work for a coroner so I’ll only work with
dead people.” Well, if she doesn’t work with dead people at first, she
The Guy with Nothing.
Joe’s faking really caused him to take it in the pants here. His
situation reminds me of a short story writing workshop in which I was
enrolled. These workshops should be familiar to anyone who suffered
through them because nearly every group has that one guy or girl. This person hasn’t been writing anything, but forces you to read a story about trying to write a story (so meta!),
and then tries to spin it as being “about being a writer” or some such
nonsense. He or she may smell like booze and appear to have a hangover.
There also may not be enough copies of this “story” because the printer
ran out of paper five minutes before the workshop was scheduled to meet.
Not that they wrote it right before the workshop. In my case, we all
sat around a table and tried to offer constructive feedback for a story
that we all knew would never be rewritten or used again because it was
Apparently, the boss doesn’t mince words like we did in my workshop!
Even with fabric in his cute little maw. This strip is the end of the
series about our epidemic of think pieces. Check out my other gripes here and here if you want to see more.
See you on Thursday!