by syaffolee

I’m an Internet Dabbler

The Politics of Job Titles: Are You a Blogger or Blogomist?. Blogomist? That’s the first I’ve heard of it. And boy, is that title cringe-worthy, more so than blogger. Even if blogger sounds a bit unsavory and a bit immature, at least it’s a natural outgrowth of the word blog. Blogomist, however, doesn’t sound so much like a bigamist than the wrong end of a gastronomist after being tortured with F grade “haute cuisine”.

And as for the assertion that “ist” jobs seem to have more cachet than “er” jobs, here’s my deconstruction of that linked list:

*teacher vs. learning specialist. For “teacher”, I associate with grade school teachers. Some may be better than others, but their main goal is to teach kids. “Learning specialist” sounds like someone trying to develop a fake hooked-on-phonics scheme to bilk parents out of their money.

*freelance writer vs. copy consultant. A freelance writer is a writer. A copy consultant…is that just a fancy way of explaining the presence of that intern at the Xerox machine?

*manager vs. evangelist. I think of a manager as a white collar worker in a corporate cubical culture. Boring, but not especially dangerous. Evangelist–a crazed religious fanatic. I try to stay away from the latter as much as I possibly can.

*barber vs. hair stylist. Barber: an old man who everyone knows only has one style in his repertoire. Hair stylist: When it comes to hair, the stylist is tyrannical. He/she also bilks you out of hundreds of dollars just for some stupid hair care products. I’ll go to the barber, thank you very much. My hair only needs one kind of cut anyway.

*dietician vs. nutritionist. Eh, I suppose I agree here. Some real scientists call themselves nutritionists occasionally. I’m not really sure if dieticians actually do anything except repackage common sense.

*doctor vs. cardiologist. The usage of these terms, I think, alludes to a completely different topic. Both “doctor” and “cardiologist” implies a professional, but doctor is a more general and hence a more layman-friendly term. Also, not every medical doctor is a specialist. I would only recommend trotting out the term “cardiologist” at medical conferences, when meeting with worried patients, and during the first visit with a potential mother-in-law who is both elitist and hard to please.