The Bullshit-Job Boom | The New Yorker


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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 weeks ago by stasm
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8 weeks ago by zalary
“Here is the most powerful man in the world at the time publicly reflecting on his signature legislative achievement—and he is insisting that a major factor in the form that legislature took is the preservation of bullshit jobs,” he writes. Politicians are so fixated on job creation, he thinks, that no one wonders which jobs are created, and whether they are necessary. Unnecessary employment may be one of the great legacies of recent public-private collaboration.
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11 weeks ago by soobrosa
For more and more people, work appears to serve no purpose. Is there any good left in the grind? "Spanish civil servant stopped showing up at the office, which was noticed only six years later, when someone tried to give him a medal for his long service"
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11 weeks ago by NightOwlCity
A Review of David Graeber's book "Bullshit Jobs," outlining the explosion of pointless make-work that's happened in the wake of automation and offshoring.
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12 weeks ago by respatialized
“Unnecessary employment may be one of the great legacies of recent public-private collaboration. By most criteria for market efficiency and workplace happiness, that is bad.” https://t.co/bBn6TkWKaQ Interesting... pic.twitter.com/yPq1Eg9tDB

— Will Richardson (@willrich45) June 26, 2018
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12 weeks ago by willrichardson
“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

— Jenny (Phire) (@phirephoenix) June 22, 2018

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12 weeks 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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june 2018 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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june 2018 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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june 2018 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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june 2018 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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june 2018 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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june 2018 by WFreeland
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june 2018 by bfulop
The Bullshit-Job Boom
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june 2018 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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june 2018 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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june 2018 by seansharp
The Bullshit-Job Boom
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june 2018 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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june 2018 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.
work  culture  capitalism  organization  management  criticism 
june 2018 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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june 2018 by kohlmannj
lots of interesting references
bullshit  jobs  economy 
june 2018 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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june 2018 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’.
june 2018 by AnthonyBaker