A recently discovered, entirely delightful Twitter account is @NYTOnIt, The Times Is On It, who breathlessly affirm the many blindingly obvious cultural trends whose existence is affirmed in the archly objective prose of the Paper of Record: “GUYS, have you ever noticed how long it takes to board a plane? Well, The Times has, and they’re ON IT.” “GUYS, shocker of shockers: iPhones are popular targets for NYC pickpockets, and The Times is ON IT.”
Well, GUYS, many upscale Manhattan chains regularly throw day-old un-sold prepared food out into dumpsters from which they’re retrieved by thrifty and perhaps slightly crunchy young folks, and the New York Post is ON IT.
“Brooklyn hipsters go Dumpster-diving for dinner,” is the headline, because when you’re writing tabloid headlines every young white person in Brooklyn is automatically a “hipster,” in the same way that any woman under the age of 40 who is murdered is a “beauty.”
Anyway, the two credited reporters (it took two people to write this story!) follow along a 23-year-old theater student who lives in Bushwich, earns $500 or $600 per week with part-time work, and eats the perfectly good individually wrapped sandwiches that places like Starbucks have to toss at the end of each business day, thus doing her part to compensate for the inefficiencies in the industrial-food supply chain, plus, like, we’re in a recession.
A new hook presumably inserted by an editor who had actually ever heard of this before this week explains: “Dumpster-diving is getting popular. Thousands of New Yorkers have formed trashy groups through social Web sites such as Meetup and regularly pounce on grocers’ refuse.”
See, now it’s a timely trend piece! We’re in a recession, right? People who aren’t freegans are freeganing! “[Article subject Ashley] Fields and her pals [there are no “pals” in this article, she’s the only one] aren’t part of the ‘freegan’ movement, in which environmentalists live off throwaway food as a political statement against corporate waste and big agri-business.” And how do we know? “I’m not a freegan. It’s just a really easy way to save money on groceries,” Fields said.
(This is like when female CEOs love to talk about shattering the glass ceiling but bristle at any mention of “feminism” because they’re under the impression that it’s just a claim of victimhood and a proscription against wearing high heels. Is as does, people. You are what you eat.)
Anyway, guys. A certain group of people have long been behaving in such a way as to, in all likelihood, nettle at the preconceptions of New York Post readers, and the New York Post is on it.