In 2008, I was about 10 years old so obviously my knowledge about the recession was very limited. Although I was young, I specifically remember my mom telling me that our economy was in a “bad situation” which meant that we couldn’t spend the money on things that we used to. Of course as a child, I would pout because I wasn’t able to get the new webkinz or go out to eat every weekend. (P.S. webkinz were $30 back then and now they are being sold for $1, what a load of crap!) Until now, I never really thought to learn about why we had that recession and learn about the political actions happening during that time. To be honest, I have only pondered and learned about the U.S. history of politics and economics during this past year which is sad to say since I’m now 19 years old. In Sarah Jaffe’s Necessary Trouble, she describes the workers of Republic of Windows and Doors Factory losing their jobs without any severance pay. The main focus was on big companies and banks such as Bank of America who were bailed out from the government. The government kept bailing these businesses because they were “too big to fail” this meant that their profits and income helped the economy so the government would feed them money like a spoiled child taking from his rich parents.
The factory workers were tired of being the ones who lost their jobs and had foreclosures on their homes so they sat in that factory until something changed. It sparked the media’s attention and eyes shifted to an executive vice president of AIG (American International Group), Douglas L. Poling. Poling had an investment bank attached to the insurance company who insured bad mortgages which in turn would lead to pay outs from the government. The book goes on to explain the protesters creating a tour nicknamed “The Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless” and heading to Poling’s estate. Reading the entirety of the of just the first chapter would make you want to throw the book across the room because of the horrible scandals intentionally hurting working citizens. However, Jaffe’s writing style and voice of people persona in Necessary Trouble is a reason to NOT hurl the book, I promise. Her style of writing was extremely easy to understand and her descriptions of what went on during this time really made you feel like you were protesting or journaling right there with her. Traditional news sources tend to only explain one side of the story or leave out important details, but Jaffe makes sure to include all the information in a perfectly crafted way. You can tell just by reading this that Jaffe is an “in your face” type of person. She does not let others sway her easily and reports exactly what she sees and hears. I think it’s one of the best qualities a reporter can have. This first chapter was just dipping our toes into an ocean of problems that Jaffe will unleash and I can speak for myself that I’d like to take a swim. #ActWrtMedia17