June 15, 2009, - 11:52 am

The Dumbing Down of America: Biggest BS Job Ever

By Debbie Schlussel
So, last night, I was briefly relaxing and watched “Million Dollar Password,” the revived game show on CBS, hosted by Regis Philbin. It’s among the few shows on TV I watch anymore, since there’s so much crap. (Shows I like include “Mad Men” and “Damages,” but I’m cable-free, so I catch up with DVDs.)
Philbin asked the contestants to tell what they do for a living and a little about themselves. One contestant, a guy, was brilliant. He was the youngest kid ever to graduate high school, college, and grad school, and he’s a professional poker player. I was rooting for this guy, especially when I heard Amber, the chick, describe her profession:

Well, Regis, I’m an education associate for a company that builds playgrounds. So, really, I’m a play worker.

Huh? What the heck is a “play worker”? It sounds like another word for hooker or call girl or sex worker. And why do you need an “education associate” for playgrounds? Playgrounds are supposed to be fun, not educational.


Gee, I wonder how she escaped a look by Stanley Bing.
Sorry, but with America closing plants by the tens of hundreds and producing almost no products on our own soil, and yet having jobs where people are “education associates” for playground companies and “play workers,” it’s no wonder, our economy is down the tubes.
Until and unless we produce things, instead of just consuming them, and produce real concrete jobs–instead of BS “play workers”–we will continue to sink.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, it figures: the brilliant poker player did not get to go on to play the game. He was beaten out by Amber, the play worker, who got much easier clues (gee, I’m sure there’s no affirmative action in play here, right?–that’s another column, which I’ve written in the past many times).

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6 Responses

Take it easy Deb. I saw a couple of minutes of the show and the poker player had a bad partner. The first password was ‘day’ and the clue he was given was ‘week’ instead of ‘night’. He ended up only getting one password right that round.
And if a playground company wants to create a job called ‘education associate’ then a true-blue conservative like you shouldn’t have a problem with it.

Norman Blitzer on June 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Only good thing on t.v. besides Burn Notice is cage fights, History channel(sometimes), and Discovery.

samurai on June 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Regis is still working? Millionaire Password? WTF? I thought Regis was in a wheelchair? I hope he doesn’t die on while taping a show.
I think the number one BS job is any job having to do with A-CON….err, ACORN.

californiascreaming on June 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Right now i’m listening to Stern talking about Sarah Palin/Letterman—has that silly bitch been snorting Artie’s heroin?
Speaking of DUMB—between HER, Limbaugh, Coulter and the rest of the GOP elite y’all getting to be more absurd than Invented-the-Internet Gore, Albany, AND Michael Moore…Cuomo in 2016 and Michelle/Hillary 2020…unless Sotomayor decides to run…LOL

EminemsRevenge on June 15, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Interestingly enough there are many folks who are employed by Playground manufacturing companies right here in the USA. Unfortunately there is an amazing trend that has emerged in this industry, lawsuits!!!! go figure and this country has created a demand for professionals to assist in the design of playgrounds so they have someone to take responsibility for a child falling, getting injured, scrapping a knee, etc instead of the parents or the simple fact that there might actually be a learning experience on the playground. Learning that they can get hurt if they take a risk or challenge themselves……… they also learn that they can blame someone else if they fail and can also collect some money along the way because the “play workers” obviously were negligent in there duties to create a place where a child can “learn” without any chance of injury.

Parkguy on June 16, 2009 at 9:05 am

I;m with Norman on this one… If a playground company thinks they need someone like that, then more power to them.
Also, how is professional poker player not a BS job?
PS: He’s brilliant because he graduated early? I’ve known some very dim bulbs who raced through the educational system and some very bright ones who lingered or never finished at all.

FeynmanFanGirl on June 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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