The things you can do and learn online for General Paper (and Project Work).

Or fodder for GP essay questions?

This page made me (and a colleague) laugh. I think you'll need a significant amount of cynicism in you to find this funny. Then again cynicism is hardly in short supply.

Demotivators are posters that subvert the rosy aphorisms and images featured in those ubiquitous motivational posters. The introduction from E.L. Kersten, the Founder and COO of Despair, Inc., that created Demotivators:

MOTIVATION. Psychology tells us that motivation- true, lasting motivation- can only come from within. Common sense tells us it can’t be manufactured or productized. So how is it that a multi-billion dollar industry thrives through the sale of motivational commodities and services? Because, in our world of instant gratification, people desperately want to believe that there are simple solutions to complex problems. And when desperation has disposable income, market opportunities abound.

AT DESPAIR, INC., we believe motivational products create unrealistic expectations, raising hopes only to dash them. That’s why we created our soul-crushingly depressing Demotivators® designs, so you can skip the delusions that motivational products induce and head straight for the disappointments that follow!

A sample for Ambition:

The site recommends this for

  • Narcissists
  • Salmon with delusions of grandeur
  • Disaffected college students

See this page for more of such gems.

Not the kind of stuff that would brighten the day of my poor kids who are mugging up for their mid-year exams. Or maybe it would. Pretty clever, don't you think? Brilliant juxtapositions of subversive text and apt images.

Of course, you might feel a little foolish and empty after the laugh. The solution might be to get back to basics, enjoy life's simple pleasures, put in good hard work, something you can read from the psychologists and common sense cited by Kersten.

Found the Web site via Jessica's blog. Jessica is a member of a Project Work group at Temasek Junior College running a pilot GP blog as part of its project. (Yeap. Another one.)



Comments on: "‘Demotivators®: The therapeutic context of the next millenium’?" (1)

  1. Ooooh I love this!!!! I hated those motivation posters… super B-grade stuff…..

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