Check Out This Supercut Of Pop Culture References In “The Office” And Weep Over Missing Michael Scott

"What is so stupid about wanting to name a baby Usher?!"

Joe Sabia is a director and advocate for changes in copyright law. In an attempt to show just how reliant great comedy is on shared experiences and others’ intellectual property, he’s made “The Office” Time Machine. The site is organized by year and uses video clips to break down 1,300 pop culture references made throughout the series. Yes, 1,300 of them! Sabia says the goal was “to prove culture is not only everywhere, but that certain references to films, songs, and works of art are critical for our collective understanding of comedy and to the importance of relating to content.” So basically, it seems that the hope is that today’s creators can write references of previous art into their work without fear of massive legal action. Sabia certainly made that point with his site, which took a year and a half to complete. This video is the collection of all the cultural references just from the year 1997 in the series. I can’t imagine how much pop culture knowledge he must have had to even undertake the project or the amount of research it took on top of that. The site’s homepage even includes a video of some references he hasn’t placed yet, and invites site visitors to contribute. Sigh. Does this make you miss “The Office” as much as me? This series is just so many levels of awesome.  [Wired]

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