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Demotivators

I’m thinking about getting a few of these to put up around the office. Some of my favorites:

Compromise

Delusions

Effort

Mediocrity

and Teamwork.

RTWT, unless you’re Tim Kettering, who’s concerned that his brain might shrink if he reads too much.

Hat Tip: Big Tent.

Discussions - 16 Comments

There was another PRIME demotivators, that you forgot, namely: "PAY CUT."

I like Arrogance

I liked the first and the last best. Very funny!

This one’s my favorite, but this one has the best picture . . . heh . . .

Despair.com has been a favorite site of mine for quite a long time... Some of the posters seemed quite particularly appropos to my work situation in Saudi Arabia, working for a Saudi company.

And, of course, there was always Dilbert, which seemed to fit Arab management styles and work ethics even better than disfunctional Western bureaucracies.

DRK

Here’s one of my favorites...a nice, cynical cutting edge. DEFEAT

This one’s my favorite, but this one has the best picture . . . heh . . .

What really sells me on that last one is the Dr. Smith sound file; alas, Matt, you’re too young to remember "Lost in Space." Ohh, the pain, the pain.

And I forgot to include another favorite: GET TO WORK!

Speaking of which....

Wow, John, when you act in defense of your No Left Turns brethren, you really go all out - a mention in your post! Nice little twist on my slam of the overused "Read the whole thing."

I think it’s funny that some entrepreneurs are making a killing by skewering the most salient day-to-day aspects of capitalism and capitalists, be it conspicuous consumption, management theory, the egotist CEO boss, or outsourcing ("funsourcing"). There’s a certain irony in it, sure, but then it’s not as if anyone can really operate outside of capitalist society. Also strikes me as odd that a free-market booster would find these corporate mythology-popping posters amusing, but I guess irony died a long time ago.

Gosh, Tim, you must be a real gas at parties!

For what it’s worth, I think capitalism is pretty darn good--at least it sure beats the alternatives. But does that mean I have to like everything that comes out of it? (If you’re a socialist, I’d love to hear your defense of the gulag.) I don’t like a lot of the things that capitalism produces, but you’re kidding yourself if you think that the stuff being ridiculed on this site doesn’t apply equally well to government bureaucracies and non-profits (did you catch the riff on France in the "Effort" one?). If I thought the corporate world were so wonderful I wouldn’t be in academia, making less than half (if that) of what I could be earning in the private sector. I imagine that goes or most of my fellow NLTers as well.

So put down Das Kapital for a few minutes and lighten up, wouldya?

Leftists seldom have a sense of humor, and when they do its the nasty, biting, cynical kind. Probably comes from 1) thinking that man can be perfected, 2) their upset that he isn’t, and 3)those people are to blame for slowing down PROGRESS (listen for the heavenly incidental music).

And no, they suck at parties. It’s like taking your Puritanical grandmother to a rave. A drag, as they used to say.

For people who claim to have a sense of humor you all seem pretty grouchy. Get off your cross somebody might need the wood.

Tim- here’s one that proves your point exactly, er, sort of...

"I think it’s funny that some entrepreneurs are making a killing by skewering the most salient day-to-day aspects of capitalism and capitalists, be it conspicuous consumption, management theory, the egotist CEO boss, or outsourcing ("funsourcing"). There’s a certain irony in it, sure, but then it’s not as if anyone can really operate outside of capitalist society."

link Also, there is an immense difference between the capitalist world and the corporate world. >

John, I missed your escalation of the ad hominem because last night I was...at a party.

"If I thought the corporate world were so wonderful I wouldn’t be in academia, making less than half (if that) of what I could be earning in the private sector."

I didn’t realize that historians could rake it in so well in the corporate world. True, the sentiments lampooned in those posters can apply to government and non-profits (like the Heritage Foundation, CATO, and American Enterprise Inst., right?), but the very impetus behind the posters was the motivational posters created, sold by and marketed to the private, corporate sector.

But ok, John, I’ll put down my Das Kapital and my One Market Under God if you’ll put down your The Road to Serfdom - deal? In the spirit of "Compromise"?? ;)

Luke - The Che shirt is oh-so-clever. That’s right, only capitalist economies could ever make t-shirts! And you’re quite correct about the difference between the capitalist world and the corporate world. Every day the capitalist world opens the Wall Street Journal to get information from a perspective they appreciate (and create). Whereas the corporate world opens the Wall Street Journal. They are vastly different.

Dain - and how exactly would you indulge yourself at a rave - by handing out anti-immigration flyers?

Depends on the rave, dude. Depends on the rave.

(spare me)

I don’t that even God’s love can spare you, dude.

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