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why having a bullshit job is not always necessarily that bad. on the misery of ambiguity and forced pretense. on the misery of not being a cause. on the origins of the northern european notion of paid labor as necessary to the full formation of an adult human being.
Commercial art is always designed for a purpose - to have an outcome or to support an ad that has an outcome. As a result, it only minimally expresses the artist’s insights and feelings and instincts. But what makes art compelling to us are those. Some people believe that art specifically created to market an idea, promote a product or enhance the status of an institution has less validity than one done for purely aesthetic reasons. It can be but often is not. It’s partially because it’s art used to promote or sell something much of the time. Commercial art is usually an image and style dictated by someone other than the artist, an art director or client so for that may be lacking in any emotional depth, soul or passion of the artist.
Fountain is art because it is not art. At that point in history, Duchamp absolutely needed to pose this question. Who gets to define art? Some art critic? Some gallery? Someone who wants to hang a beautiful painting on their bedroom? If these are the people who define art, then Duchamp rebels. Consequently: When is modern art no longer bullshit? I would say when the rest of us catch up. In this case: 102 (onehundredandtwo) years. Contrary to what a parent wrote, a three year old cannot ‘scribble’ like Cy Twombly. A toddler could never intentionally conceive of it as art. Nor can we, ‘non-artists’, or we would have. Twombly’s influence is considerable.
Instead, the bullshit job culture young people find themselves in leaves them frustrated and unfulfilled. Bullshit Jobs is not Graeber’s best work (and I loved Debt: The First 5,000 Years). Its major primary source is a collection of self-reported examples of apparently pointless work, solicited through Graeber’s large Twitter following. The book does almost no work to address the complexity of using self-reported, self-selecting sources, despite the enormous interdisciplinary literature on such topics.
A bullshit job is not what Graeber calls a shit job. Hannibal, and many other of the bullshittiest employees, are well compensated, with expanses of unclaimed time. Content curators, creatives-these and other intermediary non-roles crop up in everything from journalism to art. Hollywood is notoriously mired in development, an endeavor that Graeber believes to be almost pure bullshit. One developer he meets, Apollonia, had been kept busy working over reality shows with titles such as Transsexual Housewives and Too Fat to Fuck. None of these shows ever came close to airing.
Bullshit jobs are everywhere, David Graeber argues in his new book, and it doesn’t have to be that way. The Occupy Wall Street leader has a plan to change i. But calling it a subsidy is not quite right because you can’t really measure what people are doing. That’s why I talk about caregiving labor. A lot of the value that’s produced in society, like half of the value that’s produced in society, is produced by people who aren’t actually getting paid for it.
On Bullshit is a 1986 essay, reprinted as a 2005 book, by philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt which presents a theory of bullshit that defines the concept and analyzes the applications of bullshit in the context of communication. Frankfurt determines that bullshit is speech intended to persuade without regard for truth.
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