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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    WisecrackWisecrack8 หลายเดือนก่อน
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    • Please, I'm begging you, please, do a video over Moral Orel.

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    • Boo, simply boo.

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  • Boring

    Crazy MaceCrazy Mace4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • i see my earlier comment got deleted likely because some sycophant fanboy of the OP or the OP him/herself got BUTTHURT that I spit some hot truth about this HOT GARBAGE video. how nice of some loser to exercise censorship. but you FAILED. AGAIN - LMFAO at pontificating that Mike Judge, the most unassuming, least esoteric, least pretentious comic writer of his era, would be infusing some f ucking subliminal Herman Melville shit from like 100 years ago. you're talking about the guy that wrote Beavis & Butthead, you realize this right? you nerdy virgin SOPHIST. also, you look like the caveman from those Geigo commercials, and are every bit as dumb as him. P.S. youtube - FIX YOUR FU CKING ALGORITHM. every time I try to edit comments it messes up the paragraph spacing. GET YOUR SH IT TOGETHER!

    Leaving BlankLeaving Blank10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Sponsoring philosophy and InstaHos is an awfully wide net. The marketing budget of Manscaped must be insane.

    James LookerJames Looker11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • “Go ahead and hit that subscribe button “ ..... I would prefer not to

    upayjay1upayjay117 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • When I was doing my MBA. Our professor for organizational behaviour actually made this film mandatory viewing. That was a great choice from our professor :)

    Shakti ChaturvediShakti Chaturvedi19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Send this to your teacher at 1am to explain how homework assignment is aiding the failing system of bureaucracy

    AnonymousAnonymous27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • wrong on the anarchist part. more like nihilist. remember - his endeavor is to do NOTHING, not to create anarchy. anarchists aren't typically in a zen-like trance. might wanna brush up on your words there chief... EDIT: you're clearly a poser. they weren't watching "kung fu movies" you tourist. that was a TV show back in the 90's. i remember in fact watching it. kids THIS is what you get when a college slacker caveman lookin nerd who routinely engages in sophistry tries way too hard to impress a TH-vision audience with his 19th century english acumen only to reveal a complete lack of fanhood, intuitive understanding, and attention to detail regarding the actual f ucking movie he's pretending to cover. i can assure you Mike Judge has never read that Melville short story, and you sir are an idiot try-hard. This isn't Shakespeare. It's Office Space. LMFAO at a philosophical deep dive into this legendardily silly film about the modern-day soul-sucking mundanity of corporate culture (silly in a good way of course). You do realize it's written by the guy that created Beavis & Butthead...right? LOL. It ain't that deep pal. It resonates with everyone on a surface level for a reason, and it ain't because of some ancient bullshit about the church's historical role in developing "the office." It's because people hate working in a goddamn cubicle like hamsters doing trivial tasks all day that serve no genuine purpose to their overall happiness in life. Fight Club also explores this idea, although in much greater depth - "copy of a copy of a copy"...

    Leaving BlankLeaving Blankหลายเดือนก่อน
  • slacktivism. love that phrase.

    Leaving BlankLeaving Blankหลายเดือนก่อน
  • People have always tied labor into spiritual duty. The Catholic church didn't create this. They capitalized on it, yes. But they didn't create it.

  • My job is nothing more than what I do for money for food and rent and shit. When people ask me what I do, I say "I'm a writer. I make my money at a call center but I'm a writer in my spare time"

    Zak JetZak Jetหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Surprisingly relevant now. COVID keeps a large chunk of the workforce from leaving their house.

    ECL28EECL28E2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • That great

    Bully VonWilsonBully VonWilson2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • In México we have a word for the people who works at an office, with strict clothes rules, work hours, food in Tupperware, etc. : Godín (Godínez)

    Tobe DossTobe Doss2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I literally just bought essential oils for the first time today.....

    Frost PatFrost Pat2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I like Jared way more than the other wisecrack hosts

    Chicken Patty666Chicken Patty6662 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Neo Takes the Blue Pill

    MacRae ValleryMacRae Vallery3 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I feel like it would be more useful to talk about the alienation of labor and our connection with the labour we produce in relation to how Peter's misguided revolution only fed him back into the system he was rebelling against. Im quite wary that after cleaning the remnants of Initech that he will begin to feel the mundanity of life once again now that his labor is once again a repetitive task failing to take him anywhere.

    Classmate GuyClassmate Guy3 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • This is garyx wormuloid and I will never shave

    steven mulkeysteven mulkey4 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 9:41 NAILED IT

  • This is like the hikikomori movement in Japan at the time of writing this comment.

    Null SNull S4 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 1::27 This is miserable

    FaddidaddiFaddidaddi4 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • am I the only one who thinks there's something up with these weird photos of zizek in his apartment?

    Dr. McCoyDr. McCoy4 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Did this dude just say that he trims his pubes with his nieces scissors?

    What Standard.What Standard.4 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 📽️ Thank You!

    Cornell WatersCornell Waters4 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Bartleby did "No, no I don't think I will" before it was cool

    Orchestra GamerOrchestra Gamer5 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Life is movement doing nothing is stagnant. However in this case, doing not their thing was what to do. The only nothing he did was the thing the problem wanted, he did a bunch other things doing it tho. The boy's an activist.

    Michael SMichael S5 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • TIL Zizek is my spirit animal.

    Nick JNick J5 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 11:40 What? He is a marxist

    Stian JonsenStian Jonsen5 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • If only real life was more like movies... I'd probably be able to get away with not working, and keep my job.

    Just a ViewerJust a Viewer5 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Now I know the source material of Janice's quote in that episode of The Sopranos. TYSM Wisecrack!! "Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!"

    truthloveblisstruthlovebliss6 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I never realized how much I relate to the movie Office Space until I started working full time in an office. No matter how great benefits and pay are, if I'm not interested or passionate about what I'm working on, it's almost impossible to focus at work. All I end up thinking about is how much I'd rather be doing physical work or being outside.

    Michael SimonMichael Simon6 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Please do the philosophy of the Eric Andre Show

    jls1337jls13376 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • My wife and I excell in our careers, not because they define us, but because they afford us the monetary means to do the most with what does define us; our daughter and the family we've created.

    Devas PrimeDevas Prime6 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Name dropper

    Hobgoblin1975Hobgoblin19756 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 4:55 The line that cemented this movie as one of my favorites. I mean, what white-collar or even blue-collar employee hasn't heard this line from their boss?

    007MrYang007MrYang6 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I stopped doing the mandatory paperwork at my job to see if they'd notice. It's been two months so I guess it was as pointless as I imagined it was

    Miles BowenMiles Bowen6 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • busy work was the response to union regulations forcing the creation of jobs. It's basically there to pad out the hours of the day to employ more people longer without giving them a pleasant time of it.

    liam nehrenliam nehren7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • There is something amazing about watching this at work while drawing. Thank you wisecrack.

    Josh GreathouseJosh Greathouse7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I work in an office like this. My philosophy became, "Do enough to not get fired." Oddly, my quality and productivity increased once I quit giving a crap at all about the demands of the office, and I was made a supervisor. People liked working in my department, because my leadership philosophy, when confronted with a request from a worker to do something like work odd hours or take a long lunch and then make up the hours afterward was, "Is there a legal or moral reason why they can't do this? If not, then LET THEM." My department's productivity was the best in the company while I was there. Funny how a happy workforce is a productive workforce. Then I got into database administration, and I've been left blissfully alone by leadership ever since.

    Michael DavisMichael Davis7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I often find that our work or even lack thereof does define us even if it's in the eyes of others. I sometimes have to take a step back and say to myself "I am not my job. I am not my job. I am not my job." Even though I love my work and what I do day it's so easy to fall into a routine of thinking that your job is your entire being. If I lose my job then that doesn't mean that I am worthless. I have seen families crumble from people who have not found value in themselves after losing a job. I find that I think of my job as a valuable hobby, I reduce my stress making me do my job better.

    KendallKendall7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • This analysis makes me think about my office job. Getting paid consistently is convenient, so is the healthcare, a comfy chair, little to no micromanagement but my duties can be so mind numbing that I get the occasional headache and don't do much outside of work other than watch tv and play my game. Worst of all, I'm a writer. I know this because this is what I tell myself everytime I nothing at work and home then regret not actually writing. Does anyone feel like we're in an era where our visual media is so advanced that it can be difficult for "literary"creatives to remain inspired?(if they're still plugged in)

    bentouta5bentouta57 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • If someone pay Universal basic income , I don`t do shit .

    Bahman SaBahman Sa7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Is manscaped a real thing? Really ? Or a joke? Auto correct changed manscaped to man's apex. Is manscaping the apex of man? Perplexing.

    gandf gandfgandf gandf7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • ekziz Not prefer I

    Brady GibbonsBrady Gibbons7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • We should call this series *overthinking movies*

    Not Leaving Las Vegas - a Vegas Video ChannelNot Leaving Las Vegas - a Vegas Video Channel7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Bartleby, the scrivener reference ftw!!!!

    Toonami94Toonami947 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Parenton7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Buller7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Donald7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Philosophy of American Horror Story

    sisifromthefuturesisifromthefuture7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • “So no more using your nieces pink arts and crafts scissors, you deserve something legit” *Something you wanna tell us Jared?*

    Sum gil For your thoughtsSum gil For your thoughts7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Oh yeah uh... right philosophy and defiance. That's exactly why I wasn't doing anything important... See guys we're revolutionaries.

    Papillon EffectPapillon Effect7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • the dude in the vid needs to cut that hair.

    luke wilsonluke wilson7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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

    TheRetroReplayTheRetroReplay7 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Philosophy and advertising.

    DesertRunner956DesertRunner9567 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I love how this channel has evolved

    ArielAriel8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 weitzeil8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 King8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • capitalism is good we have crony capitalism that is bad.

    Rebecca BlackRebecca Black8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Nongiveafuckery I'm gonna use that when I'm doing homework

    Julian PeteJulian Pete8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I only know about one Michael Bolton and it is the one from Office Space

    Xavier VilloingXavier Villoing8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Finne RasmussenCasper Finne Rasmussen8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Villalobos8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Hate traffic, hate the heat.. Going back to bed.. If u dont mind !.. Zzzzz....doing nothing 😀🖕👍

    Lance LeeLance Lee8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I prefer to do nothing!.. Lol...sitting in an office chair watching this. Lmao. Liberated!..

    Lance LeeLance Lee8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Can you please do a philosophy of Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain?

    Robert MorrisRobert Morris8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Not the best video to watch on a Monday morning, but still enjoyable.

    Scott JScott J8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • It's worth noting that these two slackers are backed by influential philosopher Slavoi zizek... *drink*

    1313stjimmy1313stjimmy8 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Stupid Cassidy.

    Ifrit MogIfrit Mog8 หลายเดือนก่อน
OFFICE SPACE: The Philosophy of Doing Nothing - Wisecrack Edition