Every Cultural Reference Mentioned in The Office Collected
The project took a year and a half but this labor of love has produced something very impressive. Over at The Office Time Machine, every single cultural reference from all nine seasons of The Office (US version) has not only been collected, but organized into individual videos for each year.
Although the process was very simple, it was still Herculean in scale. It involved renting every disc through Netflix, scanning for all cultural references, collecting the clip, and then determining the original year the reference entered public consciousness. Roughly estimated there are at least 1,300 references collected in the range of years available.
Per the mission statement on the site, project creator Joe Sabia states:
“The Office is relatable (and hilarious) because it borrows so much from culture, and people get the references. Culture is society’s collected knowledge, art, and customs. It’s 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.”
Sabia notes that this effort served a larger purpose than just a nostalgic journey through The Office and American culture. He wanted to advocate that this project, taking portions of work and rearranging for a transformative purpose, is covered under Fair Use.
The collection is a great way to celebrate the randomness that is our pop culture as well as a great memento for one of our most beloved and celebrated comedies. For even more Office nostalgia, make sure to also check out Nick’s post celebrating the nine year anniversary of the debut episode in Thanks for the Memories: The Office Revisted.
You can check out an example of The Office Time Machine below, but to view all nine years worth of clips you must head to the official website.
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Via [The Office Time Machine]