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Ameritocracy: 10 Jobs That Aren’t About Who You Know

American Idol was the most popular show on television. In fact, American Idol is the #1 and #2 highest rated show upon it’s finally on May 21st.

There are many reasons why Americans love American Idol, but much of the appeal is that AI is a distinctly American show. The show is a contest, and in an ideal world, democracy is the ultimate contest.

In Idol America anything is possible, and single mothers, disheveled hippies, and the most invisible and marginalized citizens (under 28 year olds) have as much access to fame and fortune as anyone, if only for one audition. There is no telling who will go through and who won’t, and in this rare societal vacuum, money, beauty and connections don’t matter.

If every job in this country were based on merit, everything from our educational system to our political system would reflect the ideals of a meritocracy, with the best people in the highest positions, but unfortunately who you know is often more important than what you know.

Nevertheless, following are nine other jobs (besides American Idol contestant) based exclusively on hard work and natural ability:

Blogger
Anyone can start a blog. Some would say this is the problem with blogging, but the online medium has provided opportunities for a range of voices that mainstream media can’t or won’t accommodate. And, as Perez Hilton can attest, if your voice is snarky enough, you’ll probably develop a following.

Firefighter
Uniforms connote uniformity, and sure enough: a fire doesn’t care who you know. In any command hierarchy politics matters, but in the heat of the moment (so to speak) there’s no telling who will get injured and who will make it out unscathed.

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