Nick’s Notes: In the UK they call the subway, “tubes” so I’m just going for some authentically British language.
As RT.com reports:
London commuters were welcomed back to work Monday morning by a series of depressing posters proclaiming that much of the nation’s workforce see their jobs as pointless.
The “subversion strike” targeted commuters on the tube, who were faced with a series of posters displaying quotes from a piece of academic writing entitled “Bullsh*t Jobs” by anthropology professor David Graeber, which appeared in Strike! Magazine on August 17.
The Special Patrol Group (SPG), a little known group thought to be the militant wing of Strike!, claimed responsibility for the posters Monday morning. The “attack,” as Strike! call it, was designed to coincide with the first day back to work for many employees.
I’m not quite sure how effective this’ll be or whether it’ll really speak to anyone but I can’t see it as doing too much harm either. It’ll likely cause at least a handful of people to get to thinking about their lives and how it relates to work and whether they like their own job. Maybe some people will just huff and blow it off while others may seriously rethink what they do with their time. It’s hard to tell but I’d love to see an informal poll done by other people riding the tubes to see what people’s immediate reaction tends to be.
As for what the signs themselves read:
One of the signs read: “It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working.”
Another draws a quote from Graeber’s piece, claiming: “Huge swathes of people spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed.”
And here’s a few more:
The one on the left reads:
The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet no one talks about it.”
Here’s hoping this gets people talking.