It's completely grounded in fantasy, but I kind of have this hope that more people will go the route of learning real skills again and find employment focused around local communities, creating durable goods, etc.
I was talking to some really good friends the other day and we were talking about how much more satisfying and engaging work is when it's something physical. Not only is there a tangible product when you're finished, but you can see the progress you're making as you're doing it, motivating you to continue. I think there's probably similar effects when your job is community focused, because you can see first hand day in and day out the difference your job makes in your immediate life.
Can people who do something like data processing say the same about their jobs?