Every age has got its distinctive feature. The Stone Age really, really liked stones. They used them for… all sorts of things, one presumes. The Industrial Age added phrases like “cancer caused by smoke fumes” to our lexicon. Oh, and all that useful stuff like cars, railways and what we now recognise as modern civilisation.
The current age is most-often referred to as the Digital Age, and with no little reason. Even in as little as 20 years, the advancement of tech and computers has changed nearly every aspect of our lives.
Imagine a post-war person beginning to browse the job ads today. For a start, they’d probably wonder what the light box with the moving text on it was, and why the word “monster” has something to do with employment. Then when they finally got into reading the jobs, they’d wonder what on earth these words mean.
Here’s a few jobs that would baffle that post-war human, not to mention their 1970s and 1980s counterparts. They mean seem commonplace today, but they’re newbies when it comes to making a living.
Social Media Expert
Time once was that expert status was only decreed on a person when they passed a PhD. Now anyone with a Twitter and follower numbers in the double-digits can proclaim themselves a social media expert.
That’s not fair. It’s a cliche, it’s not fair, but it is still a bit funny. Social media is one of those things few people have understood the rise of. It seems ridiculous that we used to actually pick up the phone to talk to our friends. Now you have people who make their entire living off of platforms that didn’t exist at the turn of the century.
In the early days of the internet, building a website made you a “webmaster”. Then we all caught onto ourselves and realised life is not a game of Dungeons and Dragons.
Now, we can have an industry where creators work for a website development agency and pretend they never called themselves “masters”.
Say the word “vlogger” to someone pre-Reagan administration, and they’ll as like say “bless you” as recognise it as an occupation. Yet an occupation it is. People spill their lives, their not-remotely-expert tips and other mundanities online and it is their job.
As in, they make their living talking about the kind of things most of us would discuss in real life and refer to as boring. Why it’s successful no one knows, but it’s pretty clear vlogging isn’t going anywhere.
Ah, the world we changed when we started putting the letter “e” in front of things. Commerce is a familiar enough word, but never has it been so generalised until now.
It’s such a non-specific title, but it’s one a surprisingly high number of people hold.
So the above are not quite the same as the self-descriptive job titles of old. It was always easy to figure out what a “builder” or a “carter” did- after all, we get many of our modern surnames from these jobs.
Maybe in 2,500 years time, President Mary Blogger will be taking her oath of office.