A friend of mine posted a short article from the Huffington Post about a teaching assistant who quit her job, started "twerking" on Vine for money, and is now raking in the cash. (Click here for the article, but be forewarned: A Vine of her twerking features prominently in it.)
I started writing the following reaction to it on Facebook, but I think this is a more appropriate forum.
The title of this article is silly clickbait, obviously. That notwithstanding: As long as money exists, there will be plenty of it in sex, drugs, sports, entertainment, and the prospect of 'more' money. That's the stuff people really want, and the stuff that people will go to great expenses of time, effort, and cash to obtain. I'm not judging or bitter or trying to be shocking—I'm just making a statement of fact: It simply is.
In my opinion, this story is a byproduct of that fact, as well as the fact that, at essence, we simply don't care enough about certain institutions and services to do what it would take (i.e., radically alter our socio-political landscape) to ensure that service providers such as teachers and teaching assistants are well-compensated, whatever that means. We can hem and haw and express outrage, but at essence, we don't care. If we really truly did, things would change accordingly; but we don't, and they aren't.
As it is, money flows toward institutions and people that provide value, whether real or perceived; and as I mentioned earlier, people value sex, drugs, sports, entertainment, and more money. So here we have a teaching assistant who, depending on your perspective, is either (sadly) making a spectacle of herself, or is capitalizing on and benefiting from her accurate perception of the labor/goods-and-services marketplace. It's probably a bit of both.
Call it "unjust," call it "reprehensible," but the fact is, that's the world we live in—and, I would argue, the world each of us creates: moment by moment, day by day.