The Very Unnerving Existence of Teen Boss
Nearly every headline ends in an exclamation point, as does nearly a quarter of the text! Reading the magazine feels like watching a wall of YouTube videos inside a Claire's jewelry store while a tween-age life-style coach screams at you to double your net worth. [...]
The first issue's real-teen headlines include "my idea snowballed into something bigger!" and "i sold out in less than a week!" (The latter refers to a young person's ice-cream inventory, not her soul.) [...]
Each issue lists ways that young people can make quick money, some of which (walk dogs, sell snow cones) are classics and some of which (sew princess costumes, build a laser-tag course) remind you that bringing in money when you're very young is cute only when it's optional. Tween tycoons have seed money, laptops, and parents who'll keep the books; Teen Boss is a tribute to precocious hustle and also to the life-changing magic of already being rich.
It's sad that Zillions, the 90's teen version of Consumer Reports, no longer exists. Through flashy graphics, cartoons, and well written articles it mocked rampant consumerism and advocated for saving money, learning to budget, and working age appropriate jobs like babysitting or mowing lawns.
Which isn't to say kids shouldn't start legitimate businesses -- it's a great learning opportunity based on my own youthful experiences -- but Teen Bo$$ does its readers a disservice by promoting unrealistic goals.
Time to pivot and turn dna into a lazer tag arena.
I flipped through this on the supermarket newsstand today, and it didn't seem so bad at all. The headlines were hyperbole and the photography is still garish, but the article text was pretty down-to-earth and tried to set expectations realistically for the articles I looked at. There wasn't anything like advice to drop out of school to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, just the opposite on the best schools for high-paying careers. The one article about coding mention girlswhocode.com, of which I'm not a total fan because I don't think they focus enough on online peer instruction, but they're certainly a great net positive. I really didn't see any of the major issues that the New Yorker article complains about.
I love "the life-changing magic of already being rich" line.