Pure genius from Joe Sabia, and a beautiful example of what's possible when bright creative minds experiment with fair re-use.
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. (...) This Time Machine is intended to show how much we rely on culture. So let artists bang it out without fear of being sued.