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Tons of ass hole calling themselves ‘ninjas’ when they apply for jobs.

According to the professional social networking site LinkedIn, Ninja has become one of the fastest growing job titles of the Great Recession.

Just read this Wall Street Journal article about how people are making up fake titles to make themselves seem like they are distinguished/unique/qualified/passionate candidates when they apply for jobs. Basically, since most job listings are flooded with hundreds of applicants, people have increasingly made up dumb job titles that attempt to represent their abilities and/or connection to their profession. The new kewl job description is 'ninja', replacing the popular web 1.0 buzz term 'guru.'

In 2009, the growth of "ninja" as a new job description far outpaced the growth of other trendy titles, according to LinkedIn Corp., a Web site that provides networking for more than 65 million professionals. While the numbers are still small on LinkedIn—some 800 current or former ninjas have public profiles on the site—their growth has skyrocketed past other fashionable careers such as "gurus" and "evangelists," says Monica Rogati, a scientist at LinkedIn who finds patterns in jobs data.

Do u have a linkedin profile?
What is ur job title?
Would u call urself a ninja?

Do u think it is a good idea to call urself a 'ninja' when u apply for a job? If I used to work at Subway, should I call myself a sandwich ninja instead of a 'sandwich artist'? If you work at McDonalds, can u call yourself a Burger MGMT Ninja just to make sure that people know you were more than just another sad McDonalds employee?

"The concept of a ninja is metaphorical. It's about confidence," says Alex Schliker, who has been advertising to hire one for his San Francisco business software start-up, CureCRM. It's "an easy way to say you need to be good at learning anything new I throw at you," he says.

Ninja is "sexier" than its predecessor, Mr. Schliker says: "Guru is so Web 1.0."

Feel scared about growing up. Like I will have to beg people for a job, convince them that I am 'qualified' to work at their firm. I wish they could just chill with me for a while, then realize I am a chill + authentic bro who truly 'gets' the world.

When I graduate from college, am I 'fucked'?
Do u have any tips for building a strong resume?
Will I become a millionaire before I die?
Have you ever done something gimmicky to get a dumb job at a creative agency?
R u going to be unemployed for the rest of ur life if u don't become a ninja?
Should I just spend the rest of my life pretending like I am an 'expert' at the internet and trying to build my twitter brand?

Wall Street Journal ‘covers’ the chillwave genre


The Wall Street Journal did some blog post / article about chill wave. As you already know, chill wave was the first successful genre launch in 10-20 years. The creation of this genre enabled the key artists (and even some undeserving artists) to 'grab on' to the massive hypeball, giving all media outlets and 'interesting angle' from which to approach their coverage.

This article is historically significant because it credits Carles from the popular weblog HIPSTER RUNOFF as having invented chill wave:

Last July, a blogger named Carles, writing for the site Hipster Runoff, clustered together a handful of up-and-coming bands with a similar sound and recording approach and, by most accounts, birthed a new genre: “chillwave.” It didn’t take long for other music sites to start throwing around the term.

Can't believe we did it. We invented chillwave. One of the most relevant genres in the history of the modern world. The perfect mix of a 'stupid name', interesting/listenable music, and the opportunity to discuss the framework of the genre.

Whereas musical movements were once determined by a city or venue where the bands congregated, “now it’s just a blogger or some journalist that can find three or four random bands around the country and tie together a few commonalities between them and call it a genre,” said Alan Palomo of Neon Indian.

Is chillwave 'real'?
Is chillwave mainstream?
Is chillwave the future of indie music?
Will another great chillwave band emerge in 2k10?
Is Carles the most important music critic of the modern world?

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