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Pam Against Posturing: On the Michael Scott Theory of Social Class

March 15th, 2021 | 16 min read

By Brewer Eberly

Let me preface this by claiming that beauty forms the moral imagination. Aesthetics shape our ethics, in ways both problematic and promising. How does this relate to Michael Scott? Because few of my coworkers have been transformed by encounters with something like the Isenheim Altarpiece. Instead, they’ve rewatched NBC’s 2005 sitcom masterpiece The Office a dozen times, just as I have. They can quote with nuance and abandon lines from “Dinner Party,” and I’m fairly confident every tenth meme in our resident text thread features Dwight Schrute.

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