Bullshit JobsBullshit Jobs: A Theory
Year: 2018
Author: David Graeber
Length: 759 minutes / 12.65 hours

Every so often, I read a non-fiction book so eye opening that it continues to stay with me long after reading it. These are the books that point a light at something so obvious that I have to wonder why I didn’t see it that way before. And perhaps these are the best non-fiction books because they can pull an entrenched mind out of the status quo to look at the system surrounding it with an entirely new perspective. Bullshit Jobs is one of these books for me.

I’ve been fortunate to have worked at a job that I like for about 15 years now. But even within these comfortable confines, I see much of what Graeber talks about when he refers to these so-called bullshit jobs. It’s present in the bureaucracy, the middle managers, and the micro managers. That almost all jobs today have some element of BS in them shows how pervasive it is in society. Learning the reasons these jobs still exist despite decades of technological efficiencies and improvements is mind-numbingly simple—and equally frustrating.

However, being educated is only half the battle against these kinds of jobs. Actionable plans to get rid of these jobs were scarce in this book. And while I appreciated (and stand by) his intended solution, a few other options that could be enacted in the near term would have been nice. After all, this glut of bullshit jobs keeps unemployment low while also depriving people of the freedom to pursue more fulfilling—albeit not as well paying—creative endeavors. As it stands right now, this book is good at making us aware of the problem, but not necessarily being able to pull ourselves out of it.

An eye-opening book with few solutions, I give Bullshit Jobs 4.0 stars out of 5.

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