We were lucky enough to get our hands on the regional manager of the Scranton branch of paper distribution company, Dunder Mifflin. Michael Scott is the boss that tries to be everyone’s friend. He tries to be the office comedian, but these attempts usually fail because things he says in hopes of getting a laugh are often inappropriate or unintentionally mean. He’s not really mean-spirited though. He’s just a guy who is in a state of arrested development and is unable to see the world beyond the movies he’s seen. His vocabulary is laden with pop culture references and he views himself as the hero in a movie script.
He’s driven by insecurity. He seeks security through his relationships with others. As a child, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up his answer was to “be married and have 100 kids so I can have 100 friends, and no one can say no to being my friend.” Fastforward to his as an adult, Michael is unmarried without very many close friends. He is, however, the head of an office and views his co-workers as a sort of family. Ironically, his efforts to have friends often prevents this from happening.
He wants to be friends with everyone in the office, but he desperately wants to be close to the cool kids, who he views as Jim, Ryan, and Pam in the office. This is enforced with his relationship to Dwight. He often puts down Dwight in front of others in attempts to maintain a “cool” image, but he is very close to Dwight when they are alone.
He’s need to be cool is expressed through his iPod. These songs are obviously what he considers to be cool, hip songs. They range from “My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas to “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega.
Stay tuned because our favorites from Michael’s iPod come in tomorrow’s post.