How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization
David Hopkins
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I think you’re shortchanging Chandler. He was also college-educated (he and Ross were college roommates), and he clearly had the wit of a well-educated man. But where Ross found his calling early on, Chandler was left with a degree and no passion — perhaps a much more common scenario for 90’s and 00’s college graduates. He’s no idiot, but what happens to the intellectually rudderless? A series of mind-numbing office jobs, trying to make it from one weekend to the next, helplessly addicted to the paycheck and wondering if this is all there is to life. Is this not the root of his sarcasm?

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