The tagline blew up in social media recently due to the popularity of a Tumblr blog which asked people to write their stories on a piece of paper, photograph themselves and upload it. The blog was started in August but in the last few days hundreds of photos have been published.
In the same way that in the 1960s the personal became political, "We Are the 99 Percent" makes personal finance political. The visual effect on the blog's archive page is impressive: An army of unemployed, under-employed and economically pressed people venting all at once, often with impressive penmanship. Each entry ends with the phrase, "I am the 99 percent." A typical example reads:
I make $50k a year and have to live in my parent's basement to afford child support and my continuing education student loans.Four themes have emerged from contributions to the blog:
- Even people with jobs are finding they do not make enough to get by.
- Student debt is crushing the well-educated.
- The difference between poverty and success often depends on the size of your medical bills.
- Their complaints are non-ideological.
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