Wednesday, June 2, 2010

To Prof. T

Hi. Laura

Because someone broke into my house last night, I can't go to class today.
Ill stop by your office tomorrow. Sorry for missing class.
Have a nice day.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Post step 3

I don't decide the exact question. Yet, I think some questions.
'How does work invironment effect workers?'
'Why do workers feel inequality?'

Ross Dought. "Inequality as Usual" Ecomix "NY Times"
This article says about inequality as title shows. The author says some factors that makes inequality and why it still exist. Especially, he mentions government members things in this article.

Catherine Rampell. "Money, Gender and Job Satisfaction" Economix "NY Times"
This article shows an relationship between wages and satisfaction level through a graph. And, the author compares differences man with woman.

Studs Terkel "Working"
This book consists of many interviews. Each of interviewee explains their thought and circumstance.

Arlie Hoschild " The manage Heart" Exploring the Manage Heart
In this chapter of the book, the author mentions a word 'emtional labor'. Through some examples, she says what emtional labor is.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Post #6 interviews from Terkel

Interviews what I choose from Terkel's are Terry Mason who is a stewardess and Hots Michaels, bar pianist. Becuase I'm going to wirte about emotional labers and service economy for my essay #3, I choose them.

Terry Mason has been a stewardess for six years. In her interview, she says that she is proud of her job but doesn't look that she really likes her job. A job like a stewardess looks nice to many women. I also guess a lot of women want to be a stewardess becuse they look pretty. However, Terry tells that the job is not that good than she thought. She has to smile at every passenger even though she doesn't really feel good. She can't get private time. And passengers bother her. Moreover, people have a streotype about stewardess, especially guys. The job is pretty tough according to what she says. In the article, 'Exploring the Managed Heart', the author talks about 'emotional labor', he says they,emotional labors do something more than physical and mental labors. Emotional labors provide intangible things called service directly. So, they have to take care of how they look like. Now, many of jobs are service jobs. They require more from workers than before. So, what do people think about this? I believe the change looks good. Worker escapes from simple-physical works. However, it looks that workers aren't satisfied with their work.

Other interviewee is Hots Michaels. He is a piano player at a bar. In an interview it seems like he likes his job. Customers sometimes bother him, but he doesn't really care about them. He doesn't think about customers too much, he just does his job if there are people in a bar. His job is also kind of emotional labor's. He meets many kinds of people and communicates with them. However, contrary to Terry, Hots doesn't get stress too much. He likes playing piano and enjoyes his job. He is satisfied with his job.

I read some interviews in a Terkel's book. Most of interviewees are discontented. But, there are some people who are contented with their jobs too. So, I'm wondering what factors make difference between them. How does service economy affect emotional labors?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Post #5

After I read interviews, I choose the Richard Lieberman’s with Daisy Kinard because I like her personality. In the interview, an interviewer, Richard, is trying to find the reason why she moves to New York, and what her family and she do. Also, he seems to want to know about her thought about her rough life, and her expectation before she comes to New York. I guess Richard find out the life of black people. Interviewee, Daisy Kinard, has been in really hard time. She can’t get an opportunity to study she wants. She has to work ten or twelve hours a day to get 50 or 75 cents that she says a lot. For better life, her family moves to New York, but it is not the New York she hears about from white people. For the white people, New York is a great place, but not for black like Daisy. She says in interview, “You have the rich, the upper middle class, the working class, the lower working class.” She realizes her fantasy is just fantasy. She is really disappointed when she got New York first time. But, she seems to be good when Richard interviews her because she can meet many kinds of people – integration.

Monday, May 3, 2010

To Prof. T

Hi. Prof. Tanenbaum
First, I'm really sorry for my essay#2
Literally, I felt sorry when I read my essay after turned in.
I made a lot of mistakes. It's my bad.
So, I made my essay#2 again. It's not that good but
I did my best I could. I'll bring my essay tomorrow.
I hope you have a good night

ps: Because I don't know your email , I wrote here.
I'm gonna erase this after you read.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

post #4 again

. Paul Krugman shows that there is a big gap between lower class people and rich people in the book. I agree with his idea. Inequality is a serious problem in society now more than before. It causes some problems such as dividing people’s class, and loosing their opportunities. People have to consider about inequality But, I’m wondering that if the gap is reduced, all people can get satisfaction? Did rich people do some thing wrong with others? Of course, we take care of inequality to reduce the gap between them. But, it is possible that maybe inequality won’t be disappeared totally. I believe that we also consider about what we can do. Each person holds each position. So, people should do their best in their fields. It can reduce people’s negative thoughts of inequality. Inequality is a big problem now. In my opinion, we should take care of inequality objectively.

Post #3

In 'Who Built The Pyramids?', MikeLefevre says him 'working class'. He works really hard for his family, but he doesn't have time to spend with their family. He wants to his son to go to college and get an official job which he is proud of. In her other hand, the movie ' Born Rich', they have never worked hard, they can do and buy anything what they want. They don't worry about money at all. They have no idea about sociey becuase they don't need to know. It doesn't affect their life at all. People, who rich, maybe ideal model what Mike wants his son to be. Actually, many 'working class' people want to be like them. Most people don't want to worry about money, peoepl want to get a big house, treating their family good. However, only few people achieve their dream. Ironically, people sometimes blame rich people, but they really want to live like them actually.