The Bullshit-Job Boom | The New Yorker


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“We have invented a bizarre sadomasochistic dialectic whereby we feel that pain in the workplace is the only possible justification for our furtive consumer pleasures” https://t.co/rUFgIgBkPU

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9 hours ago by sillygwailo
Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. Justification reports: What are these? Nobody knows. And yet they pile up around you, Xerox-warmed, to be not-read. Best-practices documents? Anybody’s guess, really, including their authors’.
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5 days ago by matus.tomlein
The anthropologist David Graeber, in a new book, seeks a diagnosis and epidemiology for what he calls the “useless jobs that no one wants to talk about.”…
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8 days ago by johnrclark
> Through the better part of human history, jobs from warrior to fisherperson to novelist had a cram-and-slack rhythm, in part because these jobs were shaped by actual productive needs, not arbitrary working clocks and managerial oversight. Graeber laments a situation in which it’s “perfectly natural for free citizens of democratic countries to rent themselves out in this way, or for a boss to become indignant if employees are not working every moment of ‘his’ time.” Still, it’s likely that he overstates the pleasures of the freelance life.

> None of us entirely avoids the bullshit. But a few people, in the end, make it work.
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13 days ago by tarakc02
The anthropologist David Graeber, in a new book, seeks a diagnosis and epidemiology for what he calls the “useless jobs that no one wants to talk about.”…
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13 days ago by michaelfox
The anthropologist David Graeber, in a new book, seeks a diagnosis and epidemiology for what he calls the “useless jobs that no one wants to talk about.”…
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13 days ago by ecandino
Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. Justification reports: What are these? Nobody knows. And yet they pile up around you, Xerox-warmed, to be not-read. Best-practices documents? Anybody’s guess, really, including their authors’.
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14 days ago by WFreeland
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14 days ago by aleahey
For more and more people, work appears to serve no purpose. Is there any good left in the grind?
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15 days ago by kmt
Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. Justification reports: What are these? Nobody knows. And yet they pile up around you, Xerox-warmed, to be not-read. Best-practices documents? Anybody’s guess, really, including their authors’.
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16 days ago by seansharp
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16 days ago by Cmacmurchy
Nathan Heller writes on a boom in work that appear to serve no purpose. Is there any good left in the grind?
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16 days ago by ither
Instead of reaping the rewards of our labor in the mid-century style, we now split them among shareholders and growth for growth’s sake. The spoils of prosperity are fed back into the system to fund new and, perhaps, functionally unnecessary jobs... Market competition is supposed to slough off inefficiencies and waste. Is Graeber being naïve about contemporary business? Some argue that bullshit jobs only look bullshitty; in truth, they are disaggregated, the white-collar version of the guy on the factory floor who makes a single metal rivet for an airplane. Graeber doesn’t buy it. The field he knows best, academia, had as much of a staffing explosion as any, and yet the work of teaching and research is no more complex or scaled-up than it was decades ago. The hordes of new employees must be doing something else... Left to their own devices, Graeber points out, people tend to do work like students at exam time, alternately cramming and slacking. Possibly, they work this way because it is the most productive way to work.
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16 days ago by basemaly
The anthropologist David Graeber, in a new book, seeks a diagnosis and epidemiology for what he calls the “useless jobs that no one wants to talk about.”…
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17 days ago by kohlmannj
lots of interesting references
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17 days ago by msnu
I do digital consultancy for global pharmaceutical companies’ marketing departments. I often work with global PR agencies on this, and write reports with titles like How to Improve Engagement Among Key Digital Health Care Stakeholders. It is pure, unadulterated bullshit, and serves no purpose beyond ticking boxes for marketing departments. . . . I was recently able to charge around twelve thousand pounds to write a two-page report for a pharmaceutical client to present during a global strategy meeting. The report wasn’t used in the end because they didn’t manage to get to that agenda point.
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17 days ago by imaginaryfriend
Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. Justification reports: What are these? Nobody knows. And yet they pile up around you, Xerox-warmed, to be not-read. Best-practices documents? Anybody’s guess, really, including their authors’.
17 days ago by AnthonyBaker