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From best-selling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs and their consequences.

Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”. It went viral. After a million online views in 17 different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer. 

There are millions of people - HR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyers - whose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs. Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln. 

Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation.

©2018 David Graeber (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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feeling like an ant under a magnifying lens

this book shines an at times uncomfortable light on the bullshittery that comprises most office work today.

the breakdown of BS work into sub-categories makes it easier to separate what is useful from what is, essentially, fluff designed to pad out a bloated work day. My only wish is for some follow-up with meaningful action one can take to reduce the amount of useless activities, or at least reclaim that time for more personally fulfilling endeavors. While a great conversation starter to talk about the greater issues that society faces, individuals need some kind of action plan to help extricate themselves from the honey trap of a BS job.

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Cathartic & Validating, Frustrating & Refreshing

Surprisingly cathartic and validating for anyone who's had a BS job. Also, frustrating to realize how widespread it is but also refreshingly useful to finally have a way to articulate this issue.

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Interesting ideas.

Many of the stories hit home. The book clearly describes the problem. And yes, I would like to live in a world without BS jobs.

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Fantastic book

part social revisionist history part Philo, this book was amazing. did not agree with 100% of it but one of the best audio books ever, crushed Bill Gates,' pick Factfulness.

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Eye opening! just how much Bullsh*t Jobs?

Insightful, based in reality, an effective blow on the heart of our world economy that I hope brings the needed changes most human would want.