The Office: How Nonsense Conquered the Workplace - Wisecrack Edition

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Why do we love The Office? Is it the characters? The jokes? The drama? While those are all major reasons, we want to explore another: how pointless work has overrun the economy.
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Written by: Alec Opperman
Directed by: Michael Luxemburg
Hosted by: Jared Bauer
Edited by: Mark Potts
Motion Graphics by: Drew Levin
Produced by: Emily Dunbar

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  • i once worked a BS job as a meme creator, creating memes for some celebrities. the job paid well for my country's standard, but it's so mind-numbingly boring and i came home sad every night, realizing that one whole day wasted on creating useless memes that would just appeared on instagram and forgotten in a flash

    TheOis1984TheOis19843 gün önce
  • The office is totally dated. People in offices now days work like slaves.

    IEl trIEl tr5 gün önce
  • The best thing about The Office was Jan's fine MILF self lookin' like a low-calorie SNAAAACK

    SirAlaskaSirAlaska5 gün önce
  • Can you guys atleast give us a list of non BS jobs so we dont feel lost or confused

    Hayley PardinanHayley Pardinan5 gün önce
  • My boss wants me to take eLearning courses created by our company on how to use the computer a few days a week. Turn it on, off, checking emails, that type of thing... I am in IT as a level 2 tech (face palm).

    thelongs27thelongs275 gün önce
  • Watching this while at work uncomfortably nodding. *indeed*

    Gabe SGabe S7 gün önce
  • This is what service economy is ! The Sad ring of Hell !

    PythonWarriorPythonWarrior7 gün önce
  • Man, this video explains so much about the nature of many modern jobs. I think it is something that all of us see but have never quite put it all together.

    Josh BennettJosh Bennett8 gün önce
  • People that work in offices are ridiculous. I used to work in tech support for field engineers of hospital equipment. Big Post-Modern Company full of stupid motivational speeches and group dynamics as if that would change the fact that we're all surviving while wasting our lives to make somebody else rich. When I got transferred to be a field engineer, the fact I wouldn't have to look in the eye of the same conformist dumbasses everyday improved my life by a ton.

    Sygmandias the MageSygmandias the Mage8 gün önce
  • I've noticed BS at work and deliberate inefficiency getting worse and worse in my career. I personally think off shoring is the culprit; in the old days management busy actually managing getting the product and service to the customer, when Off Shoring happened that all went away like the Paper Company in The Office. So suddenly senior managers had very little to do and mostly spend all day micromanaging their departments. This is in turn means the middle management has to manage their managers and make sure their staffs look good when the senior manager wanders in bored looking to make things more "efficient". People think "But Capitalism" well, if the company is showing a profit there is no real pressure to be efficient. Not to mention if a company has off shored decades ago it's unlikely most of the management has the experience to understand whats needed to be efficient. After all, how hard is it to stick a company logo on something someone else made, someone else will transport, someone else will warehouse and that someone else will sell?

    RJLbwbRJLbwb8 gün önce
  • Go to 2:35 to begin the video.

    Johnny RepJohnny Rep9 gün önce
  • *This reminds me of working at Walgreens*

    Gulf Coast Beach BillyGulf Coast Beach Billy9 gün önce
  • Thanks for introducing me to Graeber! he's a pretty prominent anarchist anthropologist, it turns out.

    Claire DesuClaire Desu10 gün önce
  • Worker Alienation

    Blade ValantBlade Valant12 gün önce
  • Box ticker here

    Kal ElKal El13 gün önce
  • At my job we have two buildings, one the company owns which is the main building and one they rent which is a glorified storage closet, so there's quite a bit of BS that goes on. There's a productivity quota that is easily achieved so most employees try not to exceed that, they can make their quota for the hour rather quickly and then goof off until the next hour, or they go slower. I'm the fastest person they have there so I'm regulated to most of the BS tasks otherwise I'll cannibalize all the work that's there or I'll sit at the desk on my phone while I wait for the next BS task to be given to me if I can't find one myself. My supervisor mostly sits at his desk, watching wrestling, waiting for a call or occasionally checking the work logs for tasks that come in throughout the day to give out priority work, which are incredibly small tasks that usually get regulated to me and I've more than likely already done on my own, the manager sits in his office listening to podcasts and web surfing. But I would say that out of everyone that works there, I suffer the most because I'm so bored for the 10 hours I'm there as I'm not really allowed to work until the last few hours of the day and when I do I crush it, I've worked maybe the last 3 hours of a day and have caught up and surpassed the people working for the whole 10 hours.And when there's no work, the will not let anyone go home, they'll just regulate people to housekeeping which no one really does, instead they go hide somewhere until actual work pops up.

    TheRetroReplayTheRetroReplay13 gün önce
  • Im a engineer, with operational knowledge in welding, machinning, quality assurance, logistics etc, but im constantly out of job, while my wife picks and choses jobs constantly as an administrator. She is usually the most productive employee pushing papers in her office, rarelly making friends in the work because her workpartners are constantly mad at her for beeing too efficient and making them look bad.

    KonicavaBRKonicavaBR13 gün önce
  • I gotta admit, when you where talking I thought it was just another clip of a person talking, not the narrator.

    Riho HommikRiho Hommik13 gün önce
  • I work IT at a call center, and am done with my work in the first hour out of a 10 hour day. My manager is aggressive and micromanages everything, like oh did you see that email, did you reset your password this month, etc... It's like going to prison every day, I'd rather have something to do than stare at my screen 8 hours a day.

    Reference Studio ProductionsReference Studio Productions14 gün önce
  • " *pops up * What's up Wisecrack. Jared here."

    theflowerheadtheflowerhead15 gün önce
  • toby is one of the most popular characters in the show, who sadly never gets to snap at Micheal NOT unlikeable

    HarlequinnHarlequinn15 gün önce
  • I have three different educations because it felt pointless every time I was supposed to start working (graphics designer, police officer and now am a postgrad student in sociology). My idea of where this all comes from is the kind of lies that are hard to unveil due to the nature of them being held by no single individual, only in the collective. It's like Cooleys theory of identity: I am not who I think I am, I am not who you think I am, I am who I think you think I am. It's the same way that Zizek thinks religion functions -- no individual believes in first person, but they believe that other people believes.

    z0uLessz0uLess17 gün önce
  • I really think the Office is just a mythical existence because all the jobs that available around me retail. I would LOVE to get a job where I sit around do nothing all day and get paid plenty enough to live.

    USERZ123USERZ12318 gün önce
  • this really explains why friends of mine that work in an office constantly ask about my job (which is being a biologist, I work in Brazil) and i like my job it's gratifying i enjoy it, but you know it's a job. But my friends look at me like i'm indiana jones that just came back from an adventure. When the fires happened here and i was helping people put them out for a month they made a surprise party for me when i went back into the city like wtf.

    Sean Keuroghlian-EatonSean Keuroghlian-Eaton18 gün önce
  • What’s wrong then sitting at the coffee house all the time. That’s pretty much what all of them were doing in the office. Besides Dwight and Angela, none of them ever did their jobs, and because of Michael they couldn’t get work done anyway

    CP TarbyCP Tarby18 gün önce
  • When children ask me what I do for a living I sometimes say "I sit in meetings and drink coffee all day, then I go home."

    Maria AspvikMaria Aspvik21 gün önce
  • I want to be paid to do nothing!

    Roxy GRoxy G21 gün önce
  • Just wait until the economy collapses. End the Fed.

    Andrew EAndrew E22 gün önce
  • LOL why quote some guy and his book about BS jobs, when this whole topic has been already most thoroughly discussed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (see "Alienation of Labor" and "The Part played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man")

    BrassPipesBrassPipes23 gün önce
  • A_L_I_E_N_A_T_I_O_N 1. Workers are alienated from other human beings. In a capitalist economy, workers must compete with each other for jobs and raises. But just as competition between businesses brings down the price of commodities, competition between workers brings down wages. And so it is not the proletariat who benefits from this competition, but capitalists. This is not only materially damaging to workers, it estranges them from each other. Humans are free beings and are able to not only transform the world themselves, but to cooperate in order to transform the world in more sophisticated and helpful ways. As such, they should see each other as allies, especially in the face of a capitalist class who seeks to undermine worker solidarity for its own benefit. But under capitalism workers see each other as opposing competition. 2. Workers are alienated from the products of their labor. Capitalists need not do any labor themselves - simply by owning the means of production, they control the profit of the firm they own, and are enriched by it. But they can only make profit by selling commodities, which are entirely produced by workers.8 Thus, the products of the worker’s labor strengthen the capitalists, whose interests are opposed to that of the proletariat. Workers do this as laborers, but also as consumers: Whenever laborers buy commodities from capitalists, that also strengthens the position of the capitalists. This again stands in opposition to the workers’ species-being. Humans produce in response to our needs; but for the proletariat at least, strengthening the capitalist class is surely not one of those needs. 3. Workers are alienated from the act of labor. Because capitalists own the firms that employ workers, it is they, not the workers, who decide what commodities are made, how they are made, and in what working conditions they are made. As a result, work is often dreary, repetitive, and even dangerous. Such work may be suitable for machines, or beings without the ability to consciously and freely decide how they want to work, but it is not suitable for human beings. Enduring this for an extended period of time means that one can only look for fulfillment outside of one’s work; while “the activity of working, which is potentially the source of human self-definition and human freedom, is … degraded to a necessity for staying alive.”

    BrassPipesBrassPipes23 gün önce
  • Strange how people felt depression or sadness when vacationing on a company's dime, or having a BS job. I actively search for a BS job every day.

    EathamsEathams23 gün önce
  • BS Jobs, sounds like most US public sector (government) jobs

    Dimitri MariuttoDimitri Mariutto25 gün önce
  • What this video tells me is that I, too, have a useless job, like many people. Thanks capitalism.

    Death OmenDeath Omen27 gün önce
  • Putting IT staff in the same category of bullshit jobs is deeply insulting and stupid. Most people in the world can do the stupid thing of associating Facebook with the Internet as a synonym.

    Gonçalo AmaroGonçalo Amaro27 gün önce
  • My job is all the BS jobs you listed but wrapped into one.

    Theodore GrierTheodore Grier29 gün önce
  • I worked in technical writing for several years. Most miserable, soul-sucking job I've had. The company was paid millions to produce a document a month. They gave me the work, said it should take me a month. Trying to be helpful, I finished it in two weeks. I was quietly pulled aside and reprimanded for finishing it too quickly and efficiently. "Now what are you going to do for the rest of the month? We'll have to come up with something. Just... try to be busy for now." That encapsulated my experience there :/

    Mark LucachevMark LucachevAylar önce
  • There's one quote that I thought perfectly encapsulates the unimportance of this job: "I don't wanna work here without Pam. It would be like loading boxes without any meaning." -Roy (S3E7) Pam or not, there's still no meaning.

    sleeukasleeukaAylar önce
  • You could title this video: "Working for the government; An analysis" and it would be spot on.

    KakarotKakarotAylar önce
  • I've only been working for about two years now, and I've had two jobs. The first one was like 50% bullshit, and the current one is an actual proper job. You can definitely tell the difference right away. People at the first job seriously got mad at you if you worked to fast, I would constantly run out of things to do but I wasn't allowed to leave even if it was 30min to the end of the workday, the managers were perpetually absent, we had tons of idiotic corporate meetings about things that had nothing to do with our jobs. And most of all I constantly found myself filling my time with distractions and totally getting away with it. At my new job if you work efficiently you get praised by the higher ups, there's little down time, and when you legitimately run out of things to do you can simply leave. It's actually quite motivating.

    SupertomimanSupertomimanAylar önce
  • 16:30 the reason they exist is because if they didn't, then this whole universal basic income thing would have to not only be past the mental masturbation phase, but would have had to be in full effect much like laws of man and nature are in full effect! That and capitalism would end! everything costs 1 cent to buy, yet no one can afford it because no one has any jobs, thank you automation!

  • Stonks

    Gavin BallGavin BallAylar önce
  • Is it meta that I watched this at work?

    Richard PorteousRichard PorteousAylar önce
  • Basically the navy

    Dillon FullerDillon FullerAylar önce
  • The way he is speaking, He kinda reminds me of "Toby" from HR department ... You know in Dunder Mifflin

    Arvind KumarArvind KumarAylar önce
  • 1:27 ... Real deep .... That's what she said 😂

    Arvind KumarArvind KumarAylar önce
  • I don't hate my job, i hate my existance.

    Hwawi HwawiHwawi HwawiAylar önce
  • No reason to complain if you have Pretzel Day... Jeez.

    deadbits _deadbits _Aylar önce
  • I liked it as soon as you said it’s better than friends lol

    Armando CastilloArmando CastilloAylar önce
  • I quit mine

    Baddawg 313Baddawg 313Aylar önce
  • market economists always forget that profit from one business is *spent* on other business, thus creating BS business. money doesnt magically disappear to better place after work. In short, this video is excellent teaching material.

    effexoneffexonAylar önce
  • Too real.

    ParadroidParadroidAylar önce
  • Most unrealistic thing the office does is, Michael's hairline getting smoother every season. Look at season 1 episode 1 and his last episode.

    Arda DolanayArda DolanayAylar önce
  • Your hair makes me sad

    Derek HolcombDerek HolcombAylar önce
  • please do one on the ending of Silicon Valley.... it just ended

    Raj KrishanRaj KrishanAylar önce
  • after six months Val was still asking me what the Enter key, tab key, and space bar key were: followed by asking me where they were on the keyboard. Progress was slower on things more complicated than that.

    Ryan CostaRyan CostaAylar önce
  • yess...

    Ben RosenBen RosenAylar önce
  • Dude, do you want to watch someone do taxes for a show? It's a show. It's meant to be entertaining, not realistic. I like all your other stuff but this was just kinda stupid, it's a show? It doesn't matter whether they do "real" work or not because it's a show. Yet you called Dwight's beet farm "real work" because why? You never see him harvesting beets and farming, planting seeds for an extended period of time for the whole episode so what's the difference of seeing occasional sales call and typing in the background, in fact by your logic Dunder does more "real work" than Dwight's farm because you actually SEE it. :/

    A slightly disappointing saladA slightly disappointing saladAylar önce
  • Some would say it was actually a British show. We call this one The Office US...

    RArecordings -Rick Valcon-RArecordings -Rick Valcon-Aylar önce
  • Lol, I'm in the middle of reading Bullshit Jobs.

    RumbleRumbleAylar önce
  • I used to sort of enjoy watching "The Office" until I had an actual bullshit job at a tech startup ruled by an abusive, micromanaging narcissist. After that, "The Office" just wasn't funny anymore, because it was too real. It was like watching a cutesy, sanitized version of my horrible job.

    Katherine PaganKatherine PaganAylar önce
  • Hopefully the nbc service dies a quick but painful death.

    Mr. PancakeMr. Pancake2 aylar önce
  • isnt the point to get paid?

    Jarrell JonesJarrell Jones2 aylar önce
  • I feel I get paid less to do so much extra work. I’m a custodian/supervisor. Not only do I clean up everything, but need to do so much paperwork and make schedules, etc. shitty pay man.

    CitylightACACitylightACA2 aylar önce
  • Thank you for that opening shade thrown at Friends. Show has not aged well.

    Oubliette1949Oubliette19492 aylar önce
  • For me my BS job is my Day job at a pharmacy. To put it simply: NEVER WORK AT A PHARMACY!!!! My career job is in Entertainment. Which is very fulfilling because you see people smile all the time at your work. I'm in the works of finally leaving my BS job to nothing but fulfilling career work. One of the reasons why I stopped watching the office is because it was kind of too relatable and depressing.

    mjtubememjtubeme2 aylar önce
  • promo code is LIES

    Strife Lee SimpsonStrife Lee Simpson2 aylar önce
  • Apparently my job is a shit job not a bullshit job but I still deal with a lot of bullshit.

    kyle paytonkyle payton2 aylar önce
  • Why is a channel that covers so many shows, books, and movies that contain the word shit afraid to actually use the word shit without bleeping it? Seems like a bunch of shit to me. Are you afraid of what Grandma might think? Just saying.

    PRS RockerPRS Rocker2 aylar önce
  • Me : Pikachu face while waiting for my day to go by while watching this video

    low kwlow kw2 aylar önce
  • I work in fast food and there’s lots of ass kissers and people just like Dwight who love the bureaucracy. It doesn’t help either that team leaders will sometimes say even their role is a bs role. And this is minimum wage for crying out loud!! People take their job too seriously sometimes.

    Just a BTS fanJust a BTS fan2 aylar önce
The Office: How Nonsense Conquered the Workplace - Wisecrack Edition