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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Comments • 2 584

  • Jarred Emanuel
    Jarred Emanuel Day ago

    Worker Alienation

  • Kal El
    Kal El Day ago

    Box ticker here

  • TheRetroReplay
    TheRetroReplay 2 days ago

    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.

  • KonicavaBR
    KonicavaBR 2 days ago

    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.

  • Riho Hommik
    Riho Hommik 2 days ago

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

  • Reference Studio Productions

    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.

  • theflowerhead
    theflowerhead 3 days ago

    " *pops up * What's up Wisecrack. Jared here."

  • Harlequinn
    Harlequinn 4 days ago

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

  • z0uLess
    z0uLess 5 days ago

    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.

  • USERZ123
    USERZ123 6 days ago

    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.

  • Sean Keuroghlian-Eaton
    Sean Keuroghlian-Eaton 6 days ago +1

    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.

  • CP Tarby
    CP Tarby 6 days ago

    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

  • Maria Aspvik
    Maria Aspvik 9 days ago

    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."

  • Roxy G
    Roxy G 10 days ago

    I want to be paid to do nothing!

  • Andrew E
    Andrew E 11 days ago +1

    Just wait until the economy collapses. End the Fed.

  • BrassPipes
    BrassPipes 11 days ago

    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")

  • BrassPipes
    BrassPipes 11 days ago

    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.”

  • Eathams
    Eathams 11 days ago

    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.

  • Dimitri Mariutto
    Dimitri Mariutto 14 days ago

    BS Jobs, sounds like most US public sector (government) jobs

  • Death Omen
    Death Omen 15 days ago

    What this video tells me is that I, too, have a useless job, like many people. Thanks capitalism.

  • Gonçalo Amaro
    Gonçalo Amaro 15 days ago

    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.

  • Theodore Grier
    Theodore Grier 18 days ago

    My job is all the BS jobs you listed but wrapped into one.

  • Mark Lucachev
    Mark Lucachev 18 days ago

    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 :/

  • sleeuka
    sleeuka 18 days ago

    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.

  • Kakarot
    Kakarot 18 days ago

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

  • Supertomiman
    Supertomiman 19 days ago

    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.

  • TENNSUMITSUMA
    TENNSUMITSUMA 19 days ago

    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!

  • Gavin Ball
    Gavin Ball 21 day ago

    Stonks

  • Richard Porteous
    Richard Porteous 21 day ago

    Is it meta that I watched this at work?

  • Dillon Fuller
    Dillon Fuller 21 day ago

    Basically the navy

  • Arvind Kumar
    Arvind Kumar 25 days ago

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

  • Arvind Kumar
    Arvind Kumar 25 days ago

    1:27 ... Real deep .... That's what she said 😂

  • Hwawi Hwawi
    Hwawi Hwawi 25 days ago

    I don't hate my job, i hate my existance.

  • deadbits _
    deadbits _ 26 days ago

    No reason to complain if you have Pretzel Day... Jeez.

  • Armando Castillo
    Armando Castillo 26 days ago +1

    I liked it as soon as you said it’s better than friends lol

  • Baddawg 313
    Baddawg 313 28 days ago

    I quit mine

  • effexon
    effexon 28 days ago

    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.

  • Paradroid
    Paradroid Month ago

    Too real.

  • Arda Dolanay
    Arda Dolanay Month ago

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

  • Derek Holcomb
    Derek Holcomb Month ago

    Your hair makes me sad

  • Raj Krishan
    Raj Krishan Month ago

    please do one on the ending of Silicon Valley.... it just ended

  • Ryan Costa
    Ryan Costa Month ago

    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.

  • Ben Rosen
    Ben Rosen Month ago

    yess...

  • incognito Dorito
    incognito Dorito Month ago +1

    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. :/

  • RArecordings -Rick Valcon-

    Some would say it was actually a British show. We call this one The Office US...

  • Rumble
    Rumble Month ago

    Lol, I'm in the middle of reading Bullshit Jobs.

  • Katherine Pagan
    Katherine Pagan Month ago

    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.

  • Mr. Pancake
    Mr. Pancake Month ago

    Hopefully the nbc service dies a quick but painful death.

  • Jarrell Jones
    Jarrell Jones Month ago

    isnt the point to get paid?

  • CitylightACA
    CitylightACA Month ago

    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.

  • Oubliette1949
    Oubliette1949 Month ago +1

    Thank you for that opening shade thrown at Friends. Show has not aged well.

  • mjtubeme
    mjtubeme Month ago

    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.

  • Strife Lee Simpson
    Strife Lee Simpson Month ago

    promo code is LIES

  • kyle payton
    kyle payton Month ago

    Apparently my job is a shit job not a bullshit job but I still deal with a lot of bullshit.

  • PRS Rocker
    PRS Rocker 2 months ago

    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.

  • low kw
    low kw 2 months ago

    Me : Pikachu face while waiting for my day to go by while watching this video

  • Just a BTS fan
    Just a BTS fan 2 months ago

    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.

  • Cody
    Cody 2 months ago

    Capitalism is entirely based on images now, division of labor is so much that every job means nothing that you can literally do nothing and the violent machine that is capital still keeps running since everyone needs wages to live, its so pointless lmao

  • EMAngel 2718
    EMAngel 2718 2 months ago +1

    As someone who nearly committed suicide a few times on a minimum wage job it really upsets me that so many people get paid so much for no good reason

  • MIKEY VEE
    MIKEY VEE 2 months ago +26

    My boss makes a dollar and I make a dime, that’s why I’m shittin on company time