The idea behind The Office Time Machine is brilliant: it is a video of all the cultural references found in every season of The Office. This tedious task fell on the shoulders of Joe Sabia, as a project to "advocate for copyright reform and highlight the importance of fair use in protecting creators and their art."
The Office is relatable (and hilarious) because it borrows so much from culture, and people get the references. Culture is societys collected knowledge, art, and customs. Its what surrounds us and unites us, and it allows us to collectively laugh at a joke in The Office about Ben Franklin or M. Night Shyamalan. Culture, simply put, is the seasoning in a meal.
By the way: when I went on YouTube to grab the embed code, a warning popped up saying, This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing. I decided to post it anyway, as there isn't enough traffic on this site to fear it would go viral. Additionally, a quick Google search yields that many more popular sites have already posted about it.
|"The pleasure of..."|
|Slow Motion Owl|
|Fun With a Macro Lens|
|The Missing Scarf|
|“This 160-step biochemical process is very well studied, and surprisingly inefficient.”|
|“Eliminating the time needed to stop and re-charge a conventional electric car’s battery.”|
|“Nobody is forcing the participants to stay, of course, but if they leave, they won’t be paid.”|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|“Our Internet handlers, not government, are using operant conditioning to modify our behaviour today.”|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|“During this phase of decline, the US was likely to go through a phase of reactionary 'fascism'.”|
|“We’re going to start to see chip implants get the same realm of acceptance as piercings and tattoos.”|
|“Within 30 years, half of humanity won't have a job. It could get ugly — there could be a revolution.”|
|“The shift from fuel and pistons to batteries and electric motors is unlikely to take that long.”|
|“After 78 years, the helicopter has been reinvented.”|
|Defacing Street Signs Can Send Self-Driving Cars Crashing|