“Outsourced” by Shelly Li

May 2, 2010

Alienation: looking around and wondering when the footsteps of humanity had cooled from the earth. [6 min]


The sign in the window says: “Offering Jobs to Non-Humans Only.”

Oh my God, I think as I trudge along the street, walking and walking to find an employer that will hire a human. It’s been three months since the big outsourcing plan was put into place at Microsoft, three months since I’d even seen the inside of a corporate building.

I let out a deep breath, watch the cold smoke seep from my lips and spread out into the Chicago air. What if I never find a job again?

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