An analysis of “The Office” and how it relates to modern society
When I was thinking about what I was going to research for this paper I knew I wanted to cover something that I could relate to. We covered so many valuable topics in class; it was difficult for me to decide. I wanted to show how America has become a patriarchy, specifically in the business world. But I wanted to do it in an interesting way. I looked at the popular (and my favorite) television show “The Office”. Like no other television program, “The Office” parodies the white-collar American atmosphere of a small business. The “white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy,” made famous by Bell Hooks, is very much existent within this. The most prominent oppression found on this highly-viewed television program involves sexism and unprofessional conduct in the business place. The purpose of this study is to determine the significance of this oppression within the dominant social structure of business-class America and acknowledge the biases and stereotypes.
“The Office” is a prime example of Business-class America and its struggle to fight through the obstacles that stand in front of many women and minority groups. This television program also emphasizes the different stereotypes of how people should act, dress, and operate within a business setting.
The members of the office belong in various groups and cliques. Michael Scott, the boss and star of the show, is a white male who is fairly incompetent and selfish. Although he views himself as the “world’s best boss,” it is obvious that he is not. He is, in reality, an insufficient boss that can be related to modern culture because there are many “bad” bosses throughout our nation’s businesses today. Paul Glenn, a writer for the business magazine Strategies and Tactics, supports this argument by stating, “We’ve all had incompetent and arrogant bosses.” He justifies this belief by drawing two conclusions. The first conclusion is that...