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Speaking of “capture” and looking at something with an unconstructive point of view…

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And being driven by some counterproductive memes (pushing behavior good for the meme, bad for the host), take a look at the NY Times article by Claire Cane Miller, “Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women.”

One instance shows what I mean:

Take Tracy Dawson, 53, a welder in St. Clair, Mo. He lost several jobs, some because his employers took the work to China and Mexico and others because the workers were replaced by robots. He has heard the promises of fast-growing jobs in the health care field: His daughter trained to be a medical technician. But he never considered it.

“I ain’t gonna be a nurse; I don’t have the tolerance for people,” he said. “I don’t want it to sound bad, but I’ve always seen a woman in the position of a nurse or some kind of health care worker. I see it as more of a woman’s touch.”

It goes on to provide information that suggests that the above might be a rationalization for simple inability to work due to rheumatoid arthritis.

Still, read the whole thing and see how “capture” enters the picture.

Later in the article:

Many unemployed men who did manual labor say they can’t take the time and make the effort to train for a new career because they have bills to pay. And they say they chose their original careers because they wanted to build things, not take care of people.

Lawrence Katz, an economist at Harvard, has a term for this: “retrospective wait unemployment,” or “looking for the job you used to have.”

“It’s not a skill mismatch, but an identity mismatch,” he said. “It’s not that they couldn’t become a health worker, it’s that people have backward views of what their identity is.”

That’s quite an overt example of “capture” at work: the capturing idea is the old identity (meme).

Written by LeisureGuy

4 January 2017 at 4:56 pm

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