OFFICE SPACE: The Philosophy of Doing Nothing - Wisecrack Edition

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Office Space may be from 1999, but it still feels entirely relevant today. What is it that we love so much about Peter’s brand of slacker-dom, and is his lazy nonchalance actually the most violent form of rebellion possible? Let’s find out in this Wisecrack Edition on The Philosophy of Office Space.

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Written by: Amanda Scherker
Directed by: Michael Luxemburg
Hosted by: Jared Bauer
Editing: Isaac Gilbert
Motion Graphics by: Jackson Maher
Produced by: Evan Yee

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    WisecrackWisecrack25 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • capitalism is good we have crony capitalism that is bad.

      Rebecca BlackRebecca Black13 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Please, I'm begging you, please, do a video over Moral Orel.

      Bobby EllisBobby Ellis22 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Wisecrack Social evolution has a cancer and it’s called the monetary system. Our entire economical paradigm is a threat to the ecological and social stability. Ditching the cruel system in favor of something new is no longer a matter of mere ideological preference but rather one of species wide existential necessity. THEZEITGEISTMOVEMENT.COM THEVENUSPROJECT.COM Today we have access to highly advanced technologies. But our social and economic system has not kept up with our technological capabilities that could easily create a world of abundance, free of servitude and debt.

      John connerJohn conner23 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Boo, simply boo.

      jussum personjussum person23 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Hey we want thug notes back

      Blue BayouBlue Bayou23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm 30 & already hit the ceiling. Avoiding psuedo activity to the max. Smoke weed & play Apex while the world drives itself towards mass extinction. Jesus was an outcast and opposed the system, that is the definition of obtaining maximum spirituality.

    Regan ParentonRegan Parenton57 นาทีที่ผ่านมา
  • I never wanted to be defined by my work, probably because I'm an accountant... nuff said bout that. But I find it interesting that people in the States use their vocation as an icebreaker whereas in Europe it is considered rude to ask about this. I prefer the latter and answering the question "What do you do?" with "Yoga, snowboard, father, smoke" rather than what the other person is expecting me to say. At the same time, I understand how a society that spends all day most days at work can come to define itself thusly. QUESTION: Does philosophizing count as doing something?

    Steve BullerSteve Buller9 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I think it’s hilarious how this movie tries to make boring office jobs to the worst thing in the world. In an age where people over 30 can’t afford houses and cars due to increasing debts, people would kill to have a boring office jobs. It’s funny looking back at old sitcoms and movies that portrayed lower middle class families because by modern standers those guys were rich. Homer Simpson for example has a 2 story house in a safe neighborhood in the good part of town, a full time job at a successful company, 2 cars, and can comfortably feed and care for 3 kids and 2 pets. Not to mention all the vacations he takes his family on. When the movie ended with saying that being a construction worker is better than working in an office it especially got on my nerves. It ignored the fact that most construction workers are too broke to afford basic medicine, contract joint and respiratory problems, are unable to work more effectively when they get older unless they maintain persecution health. I saw another TH-vision video about how lots of movies in the 90s were about middle aged middle class white men complain about how boring their jobs are and that being broke and free is way better. It’s the equivalent of a rich and famous person saying how hard and complicated their lives are to homeless people.

    Jasmine DonaldJasmine Donald23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Philosophy of American Horror Story

  • “So no more using your nieces pink arts and crafts scissors, you deserve something legit” *Something you wanna tell us Jared?*

    Sum GilSum Gil3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Oh yeah uh... right philosophy and defiance. That's exactly why I wasn't doing anything important... See guys we're revolutionaries.

    Papillon EffectPapillon Effect5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • the dude in the vid needs to cut that hair.

    luke wilsonluke wilson6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Doing nothing is something that unfortunately doesn't work in the way we wish it would, at least not in the way that Office Space depicts it. Peter gets away with doing nothing at work because he is clearly an employee that cannot be easily replaced, it's obvious that Peter's boss relies very heavily on him as his quality of work must be top notch even if Peter doesn't think it is, which is why Peter's antics are tolerated by his boss as he's an employee that the company can't afford to lose as a suitable replacement would be hard to come by. Bartleby the Scrivener is in that same boat as Peter, producing top quality work that the boss doesn't want to lose. So instead of outright firing Peter or Bartleby because they refuse to work, the employers would rather try and motivate them to return to producing the top quality work. People like Peter and Bartleby are golden geese, they produce so much, so fast and of such high quality that they actually and unknowingly pick up the slack of the other workers, which is why the offices descend into chaos when they stop working, the other employees now have to start pulling their weight as the bosses are now on them to get the work done, as they previously didn't care who was doing what because the work got done on time. There's an easy way to tell who the golden goose is, if you leave on vacation and when you get back you hear nothing negative happened, it's not you. But if you do hear about how things fell apart in your absence or you get called while you're away, you are the golden goose, as other people will tell you what happened and how badly things got messed up. I speak from experience on this, as I've gotten calls from managers while on vacation asking how to do something. I've left a job and heard about it descending into chaos and the company losing an important client. What I find to be the really interesting takeaway with Office Space and Bartleby the Scrivener, is that businesses who rely on that one low level employee so much to get everything done that when that employee hits burn out, they have no idea what to do when that person isn't working like they used to or outright quits, in their hubris, they never had a back up plan

    TheRetroReplayTheRetroReplay6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Philosophy and advertising.

    DesertRunner956DesertRunner9566 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I love how this channel has evolved

    ArielAriel9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I work a job that feels very tedious when someone asks me to explain it to them, but really while I’m doing it, I feel very content. It keeps me active, it sharpens my reflexes and my thinking. I enjoy it. And in the end, of course I’m just a cog in a machine, and there would definitely be more efficient ways to achieve what I am paid to do that would cut me out of the picture entirely. But my philosophy is just that that’s how life is. And to anyone saying that it’s sad for people to view their work as a part of who they are, or to view their work as a purpose they serve in their lives - I believe it is even sadder to do something 8 hours a day, five days a week, and think that it has absolutely no bearing on who you are as a person or what your purpose is in this world. Your experiences make up who you are. Own it. Take pride in it.

    zöe weitzeilzöe weitzeil9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I only give enough damn to keep my job, like it or not I need the money. Doing nothing is not really an option unless I want to end up like Bartleby and I do not. There is plenty I do want to do, I just would rather not do them for an employer.

    David KingDavid King10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • capitalism is good we have crony capitalism that is bad.

    Rebecca BlackRebecca Black13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Nongiveafuckery I'm gonna use that when I'm doing homework

    jab jabjab jab13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • you are hucking pub scissors?? glad I left

    R LR L13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I only know about one Michael Bolton and it is the one from Office Space

    Xavier VilloingXavier Villoing13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The role of the job/studies is the first thing we talk about when we meet new people because as a society we put it so high regard and Yes the fantasi would to do nothing all day, but I know that most people would see me as a freeloader on society and make my feel without purpose in life. But if was a possibility I would run or rather not run at all

    Casper RasmussenCasper Rasmussen14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • there is no life behind Jared´s eyes during the manscaping bit... and I can´t help but feel he´d prefer not to

    Mimi VillalobosMimi Villalobos14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hate traffic, hate the heat.. Going back to bed.. If u dont mind !.. Zzzzz....doing nothing 😀🖕👍

    Lance LeeLance Lee14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I prefer to do nothing!.. Lol...sitting in an office chair watching this. Lmao. Liberated!..

    Lance LeeLance Lee14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Can you please do a philosophy of Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain?

    Robert MorrisRobert Morris15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Not the best video to watch on a Monday morning, but still enjoyable.

    Scott JScott J16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It's worth noting that these two slackers are backed by influential philosopher Slavoi zizek... *drink*

    1313stjimmy1313stjimmy17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Stupid Cassidy.

    Ifrit MogIfrit Mog17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • But don't forget that "petit detail': the paycheck thing.

    Roberto DeJuanRoberto DeJuan17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is one of my top five favorite films of all time my uncle introduced me to this when I was 12 and I loved it ever sense

    Hanna Barbera rulesHanna Barbera rules18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I prefer doing nothing until I get bored of doing nothing, so that when I decide that I want to do something to break the routine, I do the thing with a real intention to do something, not because I have to do it, which makes it worthwhile in my opinion.

    Sakatoki91Sakatoki9118 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • When you do nothing, who pays for your meals? Oh, that's all of the other intellectual low brows who go out and work every day. If you don't like working in an office, I understand that. Go out and create something of value without the help of a larger firm. If, on the other hand, your chosen rebellion is to do absolutely nothing, well, Bartleby got what he deserved.

    Kennedy McGovernKennedy McGovern18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I guess this sums up why I dropped out of High School

    theDedmantheDedman18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 11:10 comparing Hippies to Nazis?

    Pika ZillaPika Zilla18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 2:19 to SKIP the fucking god damn motherfucking bullshit product placement :)

    Jeremy ClineJeremy Cline18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Jared is fast becoming Ginger Jesus

    Joe McCallJoe McCall19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ... Meta

    Mike ManleyMike Manley19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Does Slavoj Zizek interpret writing books, which I assume he profits from, as doing nothing?...

    Steven TebouSteven Tebou19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • They aren't fucking slackers

    Jacob LJacob L19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Top Fan 💎💎💎 Thug notes😥😥

    Prime DirectivePrime Directive19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • For a long time I have objected to the idea that people are defined by their job and done my best to rid people of that diseased concept. Office Space does it better than I ever could.

    Dr.BrightDr.Bright19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I haven't wanted to do pointless things since I was 8 or 9. But life seems to be 90% pointless activities

    WesleyWesley19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why did I think this video was gonna incorporate some Jenny Odell lol

    Kene NwokediKene Nwokedi20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Philosophy of FLCL

    BadJokeZachBadJokeZach20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • @12:00 How's Steve Jobs doing today? DEAD A Wasted life of no fun, food water sex fun die with nothing!Things u own, really own u.

  • Yeah, I figured those lost modern Neo-Marxist hacks on staff were keeping Jared chained in the basement. Just look at him.

    ArtemisArtemis20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    paul cannonpaul cannon21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Doing nothing, as a radical subversive "action".... I would say, "wearing nothing" is an awesome adjunct to it. Joserian (in the movie Catch 22), answering the question "Soldier? Why are NOT in uniform?" answers: "Don't feel like it."

    P HeresyP Heresy21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Right around 1999 I too worked as a Y2K programmer and worked alongside another programmer named Michael Bolton. He was from England, and was seriously NOT a fan of that faux Motown singer with his whiny "musical stylings". Hah hah..... unbelievable, but true.

    P HeresyP Heresy21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I tried doing nothing once when I was young. I became cold, hungry and homeless... I am not sure I am willing to recommend that to anyone else.

    Eddie TheAtheistEddie TheAtheist21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "I'd prefer not to" is going to be my new catch phrase

    maccabeeodinmaccabeeodin21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Soooo general strike anyone???

    Lowell SmithLowell Smith21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • entertaining and thoughtful.

    Scott AllenScott Allen21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You started with an ad for manscaping? Nope.

    Dream State FilmsDream State Films21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm only thumbs up-ing this for that Shakespearean monologue in regards to the ad for Manscaped.

    Victoria AcevedoVictoria Acevedo21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Awesome video! I dont think Zij / Office Space / Melville actually believes in doing _nothing_, they just believe in not doing pointless things. If you have the ability, tell your boss you think your work is actually pointless. Some might listen.

    Vincent BuscarelloVincent Buscarello21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • the thought of jared shaving his nuts prompted a dislike from me

    Noel DivadNoel Divad21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Melville is the best. Don't forget about Curtis White on Office Space:

    Mod TremilliatrecendotrigintillionMod Tremilliatrecendotrigintillion21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why the beard that makes you look like Thanos? Are you planning something?

    Lammy LamsLammy Lams21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Cool beard bro 🧔

    D JD J21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'd prefer not to engage with Zizek

    whateverwhatever21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Your south park podcast needs a new female cast member. Good god lol. It's like listening to a fucking 6 year old. Trying to convince people she knows shit to. You guys found the real PC principal lol. Makes for terrible entertainment.

    Ty SmithTy Smith21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Can you please make one on Godless, the Netflix limited series. There are many different conflicts and subjects connected to faith, religion, good vs. evil and many more themes.

    Eivor Rimen GrindelandEivor Rimen Grindeland21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Have been doing nothing for the past 2 years and honestly, I don't want it to end.

    Amir JacobAmir Jacob22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wrong it wasn't the Catholic church that created social hierarchy, it was crabs according to professor/dr/and infinity glove snapper of SJWs Jordan Peterson

    Even FrankEven Frank22 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Did anybody say the Catholic church created social hierarchy, lol? Don't animals also have social hierarchy?

      Naota KunNaota Kun19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I STRONGLY disagree with the philosophy of Office space. I feel that most people's dissatisfaction with the job is the result of inaction. I feel that it is not that people simply hate doing things at their job, but rather that they are not fulfilled => they don't like the result of the work they do. They don't feel they contributing to something real. I feel that a career is an undertaking that must be actively tended to. The workplace is a competition, and those who do nothing will be left doing work that no one else wants to do. Furthermore, the things that people most frequently hate about their corporate jobs, office politics, busy work, are not actually positive outcomes for corporations or the capitalist economy at all. In fact, they are inefficient. Processes can only be made more efficient through active participation in planning. As a result, much of the problems in the world are the result of inaction, not action.

    Warlord StarCraftWarlord StarCraft22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm watching this while staying home from work today.

    A Kind HoboA Kind Hobo22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I may actually be in a state that's approaching the apathy this video analyzes. Case in point, I'm typing this instead of working. Whenever my boss tells me to do something I shouldn't do, I tell her I will, then never do it. I stopped going to office functions for people I couldn't care less about. I'm leaving work early on Friday to go to a wrestling show. As long as I finished my work (which I've already done}, why the fuck not? I told the office thief to fuck off, then ate their lunch at the table they were sitting at.

    Jason FuentesJason Fuentes22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Philosophy of Greta Thunberg

    PickACardAnyCardPickACardAnyCard22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Y’all really think Zizek just wants us to leave the current economic system alone? Lmao

    coravoyxcoravoyx22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Watching this video while loitering in the office right know... and I'm damn sure I'm not alone in this one

    GFreeXevery1GFreeXevery122 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • that makes sense especially if you think of limburg pushing milton so hard to cause over-insurrection... everyone else aren't exactly faking a veneer they simply prefer not to over-insurrect while they also prefer not to starve to death... melville seems to be speaking to welfare while mike judge seems like he's commenting on white collar welfare relying on the blase obtuseness of middle management... milton seems like the modern expectation of what would happen to someone like bartleby, that peter gets his happy ending makes a lot of sense as what the twentieth century could have been without aggressive capitalists but to an extent a significant amount of blame belongs on the materialism of the various decades........ solid video, didn't have me convinced at first

    Bryan McCormickBryan McCormick22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ok I respect that you have to make money off your advertising but this is getting a bit much.

    Kirk BattleKirk Battle22 วันที่ผ่านมา
OFFICE SPACE: The Philosophy of Doing Nothing - Wisecrack Edition