I'm A Sexy Schlepper

Since income being generated at an individual level is not a reliable indicator that work being performed, I prefer a different distinction: schlep work versus sexy work. If there is schlepping involved, it is more likely to be real work. If there are sexy elements involved, it is more likely to be conspicuous production pretending to be work... 
... when you actually poke at what people think of as creative — the broader universe around prototypical categories like fine art, rock music or programming — you realize they don’t really mean creative. They mean sexy.
There's obviously some intersection of the sexy/schlep sets - computer programming, for example.  Lots of schlep work, but the overall community is large enough and well enough connected that a developer can experience some sexy aspects, as well.

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