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David Graeber on the value of work

4 minutes

‘Brand consultant’? ‘PR researcher’? Why the ‘bullshit jobs’ era needs to end

If capitalism is supposed to value work, why has it led much of the workforce into the age of seemingly meaningless tasks, titles and functions? This brief animation by the British artist Jack Dubben uses audio excerpted from a presentation at the RSA by the US-born, UK-based anthropologist and activist David Graeber advocating against what he frequently refers to as ‘bullshit jobs’, and in favour of an economic reformation that places greater value on meeting today’s most pressing human needs.

Video by the RSA

Animator: Jack Dubben

Video/History

An African-American revolutionary and fugitive reflects on decades of exile in Cuba

13 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Values & Beliefs

Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern

5 minutes

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

Essay/Rituals & Celebrations

Mrs Myself

Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?

Polina Aronson

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Race

How ‘white people’ were invented by a playwright in 1613

Ed Simon

Essay/History

Les Anglo-Saxons

Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemy

Emile Chabal

Video/Law & Justice

What is Mother’s Day to a child whose mother is in prison?

8 minutes

Idea/Cities

This striking feature of Manila makes it an emblematic global city

Nancy Kwak