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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  • Why the fuck are we paid on time? Because literally no one can live on pay for 10 hour work weeks. Because companies don't see the point in hiring 4 part time workers when it could hire 1 full time worker. Because there's so much bureaucracy and politics involved that no one is actually aware of anything beyond their own asshole. Because this economic model and all our labor laws were designed for an industrial age where the predominance of workers were in factories. An uptick in the economy where labor was dependant on human labor and more and more and more was always being sold. The economy has plateaued and it's time we change this system. Human labor is slowly becoming obsolete. Western labor largely is obsolete. Even being able to pretend isn't going to last forever. We need to find other means of fulfillment and income.

    SoulDevouredSoulDevouredGün önce
  • Hallelujah, this has to be the most true to life episode you've ever done. :)

    Kendall MooreKendall Moore2 gün önce
  • I work a BS job. School. No, not a teacher. A Student

    Guido GuidoGuido Guido2 gün önce
  • My last job was at a corporate headquarters for a huge company. Easily it had to be the most toxic work atmosphere I have ever endured and nobody seemed too happy with their lives... largely stemming from our jobs being relatively pointless just like those depicted in The Office. On top of job pointlessness, I think people become lazy and unhappy by having too much unstructured worktime, a lack of pride in their work (such as seeing any real results of it or reaction to it), and lack of upward mobility or the constant learning of new skills.

    aylmer666aylmer6663 gün önce
  • This video was much more depressing than I though it would be

    TomdeblinkTomdeblink6 gün önce
  • Wix is BS

    Ricardo RosaRicardo Rosa6 gün önce
  • He said “come with me as we go real deep”. Teehee

    Enki DuEnki Du8 gün önce
  • Friends will always be better! The office teaches children that you can be a terrible boss who only cares about pretzels and would rather play with toy cars than make a health care plan for your employees, with no consequence what-so-ever!

    Goofy GalGoofy Gal9 gün önce
  • @Wisecrack do a video on Letterkenny!!!

    Matt LewisMatt Lewis9 gün önce
  • I had a bullshit job for a while. I spent most of my time writing stories and brainstorming ideas for my creative endeavors. So glad I don't work there anymore.

    KovaKova10 gün önce
  • I absolutely relate. I was basically the crappiest part of a salesperson. I “pre-qualified” customers for mortgages before sending them to the actual loan officers. An online questionnaire could have done my job.

    Caitlyn LavelleCaitlyn Lavelle11 gün önce
  • "I have cause. It is beCAUSE I hate him."

    Brownman LivingBrownman Living12 gün önce
  • Straight out of college I worked at a job for two years where the Human Resource management had a PR department that had its own Human Resource management ... but we had no catering/cafeteria, because I guess feeding your employees would take too big a chunk out of your valuable budget, which, of course, is needed to pay for the ALL IMPORTANT 2nd Human Resource team :/

    EnigmaDrathEnigmaDrath12 gün önce
  • Please do Parks and Recreation

    Pink WolfPink Wolf12 gün önce
  • Boredom is not a problem, that indicates an internal problem of lack of interests, duty, imagination, ambition, etc.

    AzureAzure12 gün önce
  • These shows scream privilege because these people have their health, safety, freedom, and security, while others have nowhere to belong, are barely given opportunities to survive, and face life-threatening crises with impossible healthcare coupled with declining health from overwork, on top of high-crime areas.

    AzureAzure12 gün önce
    • Boredom is not a problem, that indicates an internal problem of lack of interests, duty, imagination, ambition, etc.

      AzureAzure12 gün önce
  • I used to have a super cushy job and I would find myself having nothing to do so I would just put papers on my desk and shuffle them and call my co worker and pretend to work when the manager came around lol

    Aaron BearAaron Bear12 gün önce
  • Jared great job - have you finally found time to read Heinlein's Starship Troopers?

    trailblazingfivetrailblazingfive13 gün önce
  • I’m an engineer who’s job is to optimize processes and my job is bs. Wish I worked for a small company.

    climberis1climberis113 gün önce
  • Try being a “billable hour” attorney. Biggest bullshit job ever.

    Bryan SimmonsBryan Simmons13 gün önce
  • The Office has changed forever my perception of life and the perception of being insecure, thanks to the office i see life as a performing ground like an inprov course! ahaha

    Matthew FordMatthew Ford14 gün önce
  • this is actually so strange, because i grew up "upper-lower class" and many families in the tiny town in Indiana I grew up in were lower to upper-middle class. My family was right on the line of not being able to "keep up with the Jones" or whatever, but still enough to try to *seem* like we were. It was a weird spot to be in for sure, but I remember CLEARLY my mom sitting down to talk with me about my grades and expressing disappointment. She went on to explain that "if you do better, you can get a job that pays a lot, but you sit around at a desk all day. I just want you to be able to get an education so you can get paid to not work very hard" and it confused the ever living shit out of child me, since aimless busywork is like torture. it's surreal to think having jobs like what you described was drilled into me as an aspiration. it's just a little funny i guess, since now i'm working my way up to chef without an education and loving every busy, difficult, tiring, creative second of it.

    Madi CornetetMadi Cornetet14 gün önce
  • I was an instructional aide for a school district and while I wouldn't call that a BS job, we were being told that we were being trained to be better than the teachers at helping children with their reading development, and yet you were being paid much less than those teachers and we had less hours and we didn't have credentials

    Jessica Victoria CarrilloJessica Victoria Carrillo14 gün önce
  • Great video.... have a downvote for putting down Friends though.

    Benj Smith ProductionsBenj Smith Productions14 gün önce
  • I believe the movie "Waiting..." touched on all this as well, and went further into the aspect of dealing with the ups and downs of workplace culture and politics and dealing with the customers. I highly suggest that movie, it's incredibly underrated.

    Evan PahlEvan Pahl15 gün önce
  • i disagree with anyone who talks meaning from work meaning comes from work because people crave meaning (even nihilists find non meaning in nihilism that creates a illusion of meaning to there psychie) and work happens to be a thing we are all kind of forced into so its natural to find meaning in it

    satanicglobalistilluminatisatanicglobalistilluminati15 gün önce
  • I am wired wrong because my career pursuit has always been moving up to the highest amount I can possibly be paid for doing the least amount of real work.

    ManiakGearManiakGear15 gün önce
  • I once interned at a corporate headquarters. My job consisted of 5% doing random bullshit nobody else wanted to, 20% filling out spreadsheets, and 75% doing whatever the fuck I wanted because nobody cared. I was praised for the amount of work I got done in my time there.

    VoidVoid15 gün önce
  • What kind of loser gets "depressed" because they're not "fulfilled" by their "career"? Fucking, get a hobby man. Learn to play an instrument. Paint. Something. Jesus. Work to LIVE, don't live to work. Why the fuck would you complain about having a job that lets you pay the bills and afford food where you don't have to do any actual WORK? You have infinite time to do something that's actually meaningful with your life and not have to worry about life necessities and you're wasting it feeling fucking depressed because you're not delivering babies or some shit? I wish I had a bullshit job, christ.

    randomfoxrandomfox15 gün önce
  • I don´t think most jobs are completly bs-jobs, Most jobs have at least 10% of actual work in them, buuuuut people including me and everbody else tend to inflate those 10% and act like the company would not run without them. While trying to "look busy" the remaining 90%. By the way I don´t think there are a lot of jobs that are actual work 100% of the time, even the most demanding jobs have some amount over overhead, that could be considered "useless"

    ErischErisch15 gün önce
  • I currently work as a microbiology tech at a meatpacking plant/slaughterhouse . My job, specifically, is to test the meat for Salmonella. This is by far the easiest job I have ever had, and with little hyperbole I say that a robot or a trained monkey could do it with little difficulty- computers do all the heavy lifting, I just make sure the samples get there. The worst part is, on the extremely rare occasion that Salmonella is detected, the meat still gets sold with little, if any, change to price or destination. Since the plant deals exclusively in beef, and 99.9% of the time beef is cooked to a degree that would kill Salmonella, there's really no risk in selling it. My job is totally superfluous, and if I didn't come in for a day, I really don't know if they would even have someone fill in for me.

    D6D616 gün önce
  • Anyone else spend more time and effort trying to automate mundane tasks than if you were to just do the mundane task yourself? It's more fulfilling.

    David DeNardoDavid DeNardo17 gün önce
  • Is it ironic that I’m watching this video at work because I don’t have anything better to do?

    Steven BaskervilleSteven Baskerville17 gün önce
  • Bleeps??? Can't say "bullshit"??? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Rev FunkRev Funk17 gün önce
  • So many bullshit jobs, and yet so many vital sectors under-staffed, struggling, and needing money to pay more people for real work :/

    Max ShanahanMax Shanahan18 gün önce
  • I watched this video at work while making a bracelet out of staples

    Carlos _Carlos _18 gün önce
  • my man hit pam with the she not the conventional attractive receptionist...ouch

    elvis92795elvis9279518 gün önce
  • Please make a video on "Scrubs".

    FunkUp ! !FunkUp ! !18 gün önce
  • an example of a BS job: making videos on youtube, explaining why we like a certain show :)

    tkzsfentkzsfen20 gün önce
  • At my bs job I genuinely worked with a Dwight and my supervisor was Michael Scott without the charm. Part of the appeal of the show is these people exist in the world.

    MisBabblesMisBabbles20 gün önce
  • half of what we do in the military is BS, on a good day

    B52'sB52's21 gün önce
  • love this video thank you it hits close to home

    björgvin karlssonbjörgvin karlsson21 gün önce
  • Anyone know the music from 19:37?

    Mobyscors GamingMobyscors Gaming21 gün önce
  • This video gave me depression

    Cameron DavisCameron Davis21 gün önce
  • Check our Graeber’s Debt

    Adrian LeCesneAdrian LeCesne21 gün önce
  • My last job was in retail but my bosses job was clearly b.s. so yeah, after three of us were forced to work 8 to 10 hours without lunch, I left. Let him carry his own weight.

    omniseomnise22 gün önce
  • You know what's really BS? Having to censor out the word SHIT just to make sure TRvision doesn't ruin you financially.

    RamdapandaRamdapanda22 gün önce
  • capitalism

    Gustavo FerreiraGustavo Ferreira22 gün önce
  • Wix means fapping in German ;)

    ovinatvovinatv23 gün önce
  • The office is by far the best sitcom of all time, hands down, nothing else even comes close.

    Dankman9Dankman923 gün önce
  • Stop f**king beeping! Stop censoring yourself. If you want to swear, just effing do it!!!!!!

    QuirkyQuillifyQuirkyQuillify23 gün önce
  • There's even bullshit in the video: the Wix ad. It doesn't even have anything to do with The Office, or Wisecrack! (i am fully aware of the economic motivations behind the decision)

    Unidorsal IcosahedronUnidorsal Icosahedron23 gün önce
  • I'm glad I can always count on Jared to remind me how pointless my existence is 🙃

    Tristen McBrideTristen McBride24 gün önce
  • I had a job where I was contracted for 6 months, there no work to do after 2 months. Every day I had to go to work pretend to work, but I did was play solitaire on my PC. I was 23 at the time and it felt crushing, like wasting my life.

    J- okerJ- oker24 gün önce
  • What are societies of control?

    JackJack25 gün önce
  • Yeah, I work in a BS job right now. I am an intern in a multinational corporation working in a field that adds nothing intelectually to me. However, since there is some family pressure for me to stay there and also the risk of being unemployed, I have decided not to quit it.

    Guilherme AugustoGuilherme Augusto26 gün önce
  • Thanks for putting my misery into context, hearing this in your voice is cathartic and motivational. Time had come to change

    mfitsmfits27 gün önce
  • My job isn’t BS however, management keep introducing BS policies that distract from legit work.

    Lunar PixieLunar Pixie27 gün önce
  • Well, this video was B.S. as well as pointless

    Mustafarocks ZMustafarocks Z28 gün önce
  • Someone needs to ask Dr Peterson his thoughts on The Office (or direct him to this video). Dr Peterson: does Dunder Mifflin use WWII era torcher tactics on their employees?

    Broken EyesBroken Eyes28 gün önce
  • would love a job like that more than my current job!

    Shane YostShane Yost28 gün önce
  • I have a co-manager who literally knows and does nothing all day but acts busy. Our senior manager called me out because I was too efficient and I finished all my tasks ahead of time. Our office focuses too much on “perception management”.

    Arnie CalangArnie Calang28 gün önce
  • I think an interesting thing to dig deeper about is the service industry. While those jobs aren't necessarily BS, they do encourage that culture of suffering that Graeber commented on! As someone who works in retail, exploring why service jobs have this intense culture (at least in America) of Suffering + Forced Accommodation to Customers = Fulfilling Work could be something intriguing to study! Great video, as usual! Thanks guys! :)

    Bryanna MillerBryanna Miller28 gün önce
  • Part of my job is to make sure other people did there job. So stupid... Its because the team hires bad help and I'm forced to double check their work or it bites me in the ass.

    ChrisChris28 gün önce
  • Why do you address me as Wisecrack? I'm not Wisecrack. You are Wisecrack. It's weirdly discomfiting. It's similar to the feeling you get when someone repeats what you've just said back to you verbatim. Stop it, Adam.

    Adam PowerAdam Power28 gün önce
  • I never understood it either.

    studinthemakingstudinthemaking29 gün önce
  • I guess, as an IT helpdesk person... my job is pretty bullshit. I exist to protect people from themselves and to fix computer problems, but the world operated just fine without computers to begin with and if anything they haven't really freed us up to do other things, they seem to have freed us up to just do nothing. I just cleaned the dust off the top of a cabinet in my office. I don't generally tend to do well just pretending to be busy. I've been through a few jobs because of this, I think.

    evlqueenevlqueen29 gün önce
  • The fuck is this? I run my own shit and love my job, thank you very much. Don't tolerate shitty management. Things are this way because people let them be. Stop being pussies and stand up for yourself.

    Mel ParadiseMel Paradise29 gün önce
  • I worked a BS job where the boss would change my task for something urgent that came up... every 10 minutes like clockwork. They also had a CCTV camera for every office desk so they could watch me work and what was on my computer screen. That job... now that was a shit job.

    HaydenHatTrickHaydenHatTrick29 gün önce
  • I once did an internship on the water treatment company of my city. utter bullshit.

    benjamin garcesbenjamin garces29 gün önce
The Office: How Nonsense Conquered the Workplace - Wisecrack Edition