Commuters Targeted By Guerilla Tube Posters

By Londonist Last edited 37 months ago
Commuters Targeted By Guerilla Tube Posters
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Londoners returning to work this week were welcomed back to commuter life with a series of uplifting posters telling them just how useless their jobs are. The spoof adverts have appeared in tube carriages with responsibility being claimed by an anarchist collective calling themselves the Special Patrol Group (SPG), said to be affiliated to Strike! Magazine.

Eschewing the bourgeois concept of humour, the posters carry stroppy slogans such as: “It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working.” And all of them feature the twitter hashtag #bullshitjobs which refers to an article published in Strike! by anthologist David Graeber. The magazine posted a slightly opaque message on its Facebook page saying that the SPG is (perhaps) its militant wing — beyond that it’s hard to verify too much since the success of the posters has crashed the mag’s website.

Whether the new posters are any more depressing than the usual adverts for dating websites and look-away-now charity scaremongering about homelessness and abuse is a matter of debate.

Last Updated 06 January 2015

hostile_17

Well it didn't ask for £3 at the end, so is a nice change of pace.

Lost in Space

Love it...

CarOne

Anthologist or Anthropologist? I'm going to guess the latter.

Hobart Calling

Wasn't Special Patrol Group (SPG) the name of the hamster owned by Adrian Edmondson's punk character in The Young Ones.

Luke Pchr

Nice piece of actual art. The only "depressing" thing is when such risky work goes unappreciated.

NihilistByMouth

For anarchists, Strike does seem to have an incongruous belief in paywalls in front of all of their content. The revolution will apparently be monetised.