Update: Since I asked for more perspectives and said I’d post responses as I saw them, for your reading pleasure:

Tiana Clark talks about Black Burnout:

Anne Helen Peterson collects different perspectives (and situates her article as “starting the conversation”: not claiming to speak for all) :



Pulpoperdida shared this article yesterday, and it’s generating a lot of discussion. A lot of comments from GTers seem seen. I’ve seen some good critiques on Twitter from Black women and from a perspective of neurodivergence and chronic disease. But, Twitter — even threaded —- is . . . compact . . . and I’d like to hear more. GT Millennials that didn’t feel represented by the article or saw it partially but also saw the limitations in the universal claims?


Starting points from Twitter:


I’m starting from the assumption point that in identifying “failure to adult” as burnout and describing some of the systemic reasons even the people who “expected to win the system” are being broken by it, Anne Helen Petersen identified something that resonates with a lot of us, but her essay fails to account for the intersecting ways that people’s experience will differ due to race, class, disability, etc. She both sees her privilege fails to see it.

But, I’m in a privileged space here too, so I want to hear more from those intersections of experience.

Another related thing:

The “optimization” and “life hacks” bit made me think a lot about Tailorism and the datafication of society, and how this is entirely tied up in the exploitation of the gig economy and the “side hustle”. We are being crushed by another industrial revolution right now, and the systems of power are failing us once again. So, two quotes from another article:

There is a direct link between the trials of Josef K and the ethical and political questions raised by artificial intelligence. Contrary to the hype, this technology has not appeared fully formed in the past couple of years. As the historian Jonnie Penn has recently pointed out, it has a long history, one that is deeply entwined with state and corporate power. AI systems were developed largely to further the interests of their funders: governments, military and big business.

Those who have historically been failed by systems of power, such as Kafka – a German-speaking Jew living in Prague – have always been particularly well-placed to recognise their opacity, arbitrariness and unaccountability. Including those voices will therefore ensure that AI makes the future not just more efficient but also more ethical.


Edit: Roo made the very good point that when it comes to people who are already marginalized, the exhaustion stemming from having to mask to avoid further oppression is added to the burnout that more privileged people are experiencing, and that’s a good reason to not expect lots of anecdotes or data. I think it’s important to hear the experiences of those who are speaking on this, so I’ll edit to add anecdotes and responses that I do see, acknowledging that there will be a lot we won’t hear.

(Most of these are threads:)