In The Office and Philosophy: Scenes from the Unexamined Life (Blackwell Publishing), editor J. Jeremy Wisnewski claims that the workplace comedy is laden with evidence of Marxist ideas.
According to Wisnewski, office secretary Pam Beeslys desire to create art, and the office pranks salesman Jim Halpert pulls on the awkward Dwight Schrute are perfect examples of Marxism in the show.
He explains, When someone is forced to sell their creative labor, like Pam does, your labor becomes separate from you. And with the pranks, Jim and Pam are just trying to get some meaning out of work.
Wisnewski also tackles themes of desperation, alienation, and love in The Office, which he believes makes the comedy so popular with audiences.
He says, The show is a snapshot of ourselves and the things that we get into with ourselves. And I think everyone knows a boss like Michael Scott.
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