Occupy Children’s Literature!

Where's Waldo's Job?

Where's Waldo's Job?

Oh Waldo! You’re such an adorable, accessible, Zeitgeist-defining dude. Tall and gangly in your cute watch cap and your dorky prison shirt, how is it you pass unnoticed (and un-reported-to-police) among us? Waldo, you are our Zelig, the physical embodiment of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Only in 2012, you’ve got lots and lots of company.

13 thoughts on “Occupy Children’s Literature!

  1. Great links – as a person who works in social service I see the impact of this every day. After we brand them we release them; it is impossible for them to get a job or housing. Seems counter-productive.

    “You were bad, we have punished you, now that you are free we expect you to behave and not break the law anymore. Oh yeah – you won’t be able to work or rent an apartment – but remember, don’t be bad again!”

  2. Not to mention that something between 20-30% of the US population has been convicted of a crime more serious than a misdemeanor.

    People are constantly telling other people to get jobs, but they wouldn’t hire those people themselves. And writing them off entirely seems so much easier than retraining and rehabilitating them.

    I’m glad someone in the field saw and commented on this post. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for the privilege of commenting: Are we all in the “pitibag of the entitlement society”? Here we have Waldo, in his watch cap and nautical shirt, however, what is he really doing? Bartering? Asking? If so for what? It appears as though Waldo (and he is loveable!) is sitting and making inquiry as to where is his job.

    With all due respect, would either of you stop for Waldo? If so, what for? Are you going to hire him? No, no, gang, let’s get it right shall we? If Waldo is taking a break from his resume drop-offs, application filings, and interviews than good on him! At least he is trying!

    @readytochangenow: For social services as well as psychology it seems to those on the “outside” of what you do that labeling and branding is what you do. What comes afterward?


  4. Hey, thanks for making baseless assumptions about people and attacking them for things you only assume to be true. Apparently you literally don’t know to whom you are speaking.

    Occupy yourself. Have you thought of a career as a projectionist?

  5. Ah yes…I DO know who you are raincoaster; albeit, I’m really surprised at your cunning yet nasty remarks to me vis-a-vie some cartoon you place on your website and then through your verbosity try and give it some meaning.
    @Sarah Sorry, Pitibag is Pity Bag usually used for those predisposed with pity.
    @raincoaster: I realize that this is your blog; I admit that I am far more used to people who are accommodating with manners especially with comments.

  6. If you can’t understand a cartoon, it’s probably best not to show that fact off repeatedly in the comments and slander the person who posted it.

    You actually don’t know who you’re talking to. Go on, tell me: what do I do for a living?

    You say “verbosity,” I say “it’s not my problem if you don’t understand big words.”

    You’re a snob who automatically assumes everyone other than you is inferior to you. You assume that Sarah and I would discriminate against Waldo; you make this assumption because you cannot understand either the cartoon or the post. And, apparently, you can’t figure out how to open, much less read, the links.

    Not only do I support retraining and support for those rejoining the workforce from prison, but I support retraining and support for the chronically dumb. We’re here for you, honey!

  7. @Jon-Paul – did you follow the links and read the articles? Regarding your comment:

    “For social services as well as psychology it seems to those on the “outside” of what you do that labeling and branding is what you do. What comes afterward?”

    I have read it three times and cannot for the life of me understand what you are asking.

    Just for the record: verbosity is defined as: an expressive style that uses excessive words. Your comment 144 words – raincoaster’s reply 41 words.

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