Does Jim look like a decrepit, old workamper who’s down on his luck?
Sadly, the image of old, broke and destitute full-time RVing workampers is now being promoted all over TV, radio and the Internet.
Workampers are Not Victims
Today, NPR’s “Here and Now” show aired a story about living in RVs and workamping on the road. Jim and I had waited all day for this story with gleeful anticipation. That’s because we took it for granted that an organization like NPR would present a story that covered all of the great aspects of living and working as full-time RVers.
But instead, here’s the story the public was served up in an August 2014 Harper’s Magazine article called “The End of Retirement: When You Can’t Afford to Stop Working.”
The article spotlights photos of crappy old RVs and portrayed full-time RVers as destitute and downtrodden. The author took the workamping concept and twisted it into a nightmare.
Did the author make an effort to dig deeper and talk to the majority of full-time RVers who are living this lifestyle because we choose to? No. Did the author talk to those of us who are not retirement age? Nope. Or did the author make an effort to interview those of us who wouldn’t have life any other way (we’re not that hard to find)? That would be asking way too much.
In 1992 when I graduated from college with a journalism degree in hand, a professor in another department said to me, “So, how does it feel to enter a dying field?” He was so right. Real journalism is dead. The article in Harper’s Magazine is proof.
RIP journalism. It was nice knowing you.
Meanwhile, here are other venues where her article is discussed. If you disagree as much as we do, I encourage you to comment: