Drawing on his experiences picking up roadkill, feeding swine, and castrating a lamb with his teeth, Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, discusses how modern American culture belittles necessary labor.
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Mike Rowe has had more jobs than you. In fact, Mike has had more jobs than anyone.
As the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel's Emmy-nominated series Dirty Jobs With Mike Rowe, Mike has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on more than 200 jobs that most people would go out of their way to avoid. From coal mining to roustabouting, maggot farming to sheep castrating, Mike has worked in just about every industry and filmed the show in almost every state, celebrating the hard-working Americans who make civilized life possible for the rest of us.
No one is better suited to the role of good-natured guinea pig than Mike -- mainly because it's not a role. Dirty Jobs is entirely unscripted, and Mike doesn't cheat; he actually does the work, with a sense of humor rarely portrayed in such professions. In fact, the notion of depicting hard work as noble and fun is central to his personal mission. On Labor Day 2008, Mike launched a Web site called mikeroweWORKS.com, where skilled labor and hard work are celebrated in the hope of calling attention to the steady decline in the trades and bolstering enrollment in trade schools and technical colleges.
In addition to Dirty Jobs and his mikeroweWORKS endeavor, Mike is the voice of Deadliest Catch and the national spokesman for Ford Trucks. He has traveled extensively for Discovery Channel, hosting Shark Week in South Africa, where he field-tested a steel-mesh "shark-suit," and Egypt Week Live, where he opened and explored newly discovered tombs in the Valley of the Golden Mummies.
Before Dirty Jobs, Mike's resume was no less eclectic. Without any formal training, he began his career as a professional musician, faking his way into the Baltimore Opera, and earning his union card in the process. Soon thereafter, he crashed an audition for the QVC Cable Shopping Channel, where he was immediately hired to sell dubious merchandise in the middle of the night. There, he impersonated a host for nearly three years, spending most of his tenure on double-secret probation, while learning the ins and outs of live television. After that, he worked when he felt like it, narrating, writing, acting and hosting programs like Worst Case Scenario for TBS, On-Air TV for American Airlines, The Most for History Channel, No Relation for Fox and New York Expeditions for PBS.
In San Francisco, Mike is best known for his work on CBS as the host of Evening Magazine, a position he left in 2005 to begin production on Dirty Jobs. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he sometimes spends up to five days a month.
Originally Posted by shawn775
I despised his conservative view of work. Which is to say that profit should come above saftey- "safety third" I think he so brilliantly said.
Comrade Shawn, thank you so much for reminding us that conservatives are evil.
Those of us who work at dangerous jobs understand that to work in an unsafe manner is risky and we do our best to avoid it. What's the use of making money if your dead? On the other hand to work without profit is certain doom. Without profit there is no jobs... safe or otherwise.
Originally Posted by shawn775
He tried to make us think that the profit went to the workers by using his fishing boat metaphor ("my job is to get you home rich"), but we know that those fishermen are not getting rich. None of them I bet lives in a mansion.
Taking your points in order; No he didn't. No you don't. So what.
The "workers" don't get profits. Profit is what the owner/company keeps after all expenses are paid including of course the "wages" that are paid to the workers. So, what you were "thinking" was not what he said or meant to say, rather it was a figment of your imagination and an indicator of your bias.
Originally Posted by shawn775
If we follow this foolishness we would have to accept that all of the labor advances of the past 100+ years have been wrong headed. If that is so, when do the children report for work at the factories- I bet their little hands can still reach into places that adult hands cannot.
Incomprehensible scare rhetoric based on invalid assumptions. This is just gibberish, do better. Comrade, you are repeating crap you heard from others just stop it, clear your head and do some original thinking.
Thats why I´m a vegetarian, too close to my own DNA. Thanks for reminding me that meat eaters smell bad, look bad and have poor thoughts poor impulse control, comes from killing or torturing animals. Jack was 93 interviewed asked you dropped the bomb on Hiroshima killed thousands, Jack said "I never lost a night of sleep", so just like Bush said, Yes I tortured and would do it again. Humanity at its worst. Animal eaters kill for fun.
I think Mike did a great job speaking, especially when trying to evoke something academic from a show that features every job the opposite. To those who say he sounds like he's trying to overtly credit his intelligence, well that would directly be in juxtaposition to the entire premise of the show, which he came up with and pitched to networks and that would hinder his point. When you think about it the first reason that comes mind of why he would speak with such a vernacular is because he's educated, he's a well-trained opera singer, and knowing what it is to sing opera, you spend your years in enunciation classes and either learn or gauge an ear for various languages, he's studied and performed the classics in college and through his opera career, lastly, he's hosted various shows (he plays it down immensely in the show) which all would produce someone with a learned tongue and quick wit. Also, I think everyone is way over thinking his speech. He tried to put together a meaningful speech that could lend itself to an academic audience when his show, like Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods is constantly at risk for being taken as a gratuitous show . Both shows while given something gross to do or eat, both bring a cultural aspect to it and all the more power to Mike Rowe for finding it. By the way, several factory jobs have been featured, several. The whole "profit" over "safety" was supposed to be funny not a serious mantra. He was also trying to say that people aren't always successful by being safe, sometimes you aren't and succeed upon a great opportunity where if you were overly safe wouldn't have produce such rich results. Anyway, this show is about jobs and people are trying to make money. My gosh our society is becoming too weak, and we're so removed from hard labor. Good job Mike!
I despised his conservative view of work. Which is to say that profit should come above saftey- "safety third" I think he so brilliantly said. He tried to make us think that the profit went to the workers by using his fishing boat metaphor ("my job is to get you home rich"), but we know that those fishermen are not getting rich. None of them I bet lives in a mansion. If we follow this foolishness we would have to accept that all of the labor advances of the past 100+ years have been wrong headed. If that is so, when do the children report for work at the factories- I bet their little hands can still reach into places that adult hands cannot.
I can understand why you're suspicious over his character. Looking closely, it is slightly noticeable how he condescendingly speaks over his mentors. In this video though, it seems like he confesses that he did underestimate the workers.
My only issue with his classic references is that they seem completely lifted from wikipedia. Even his movie references depicting anagnorisis and perpeteia. I've noticed in DJ shows that Mike, while intelligent, seems to be overtly portraying his intelligence. It often has the effect of a joke; as if he is knowingly talking over his job mentors to those of us watching, something like an inside joke.
I love the show, my daughters have learned a lot from it. But something seems fishy to me here.
Well said Mike!!
As a well educated man, who grew up in the Rockies, I say bravo to your thesis, "War on Work!" Likewise on how well your show "discovers" how sheltered our society has become from what has to happen to support the "more civilized." I'm sure you and your crew have become more grounded, the mind a bit quieter and your nasal passages less offended (couldn't resist).
Every generation there is a greater void of people with real work skills. I hope, and I mean really hope you do do this campaign to encourage our youth to get out in the real world. I know that I wish your show was around when I was in my teens. I graduated high school (1988) only knowing one thing about my future career potential, "I don't want to be a high school teacher."
I only ask three things of you. One be conscious of why the great generation read Dr. Spock's Book and sent there kids off to college -- to have a better life. I'm sure you know the term "back breaking work." So maybe safety 2nd!!! I know this all too personally.
Two, please don't loose the higher education speak in your show. Your speech was a great example how how much I have to learn from you and I miss it in your more recent shows. Add that Ivory tower quip once in awhile, please
And lastly, please stay the course. There is no doubt in my mind you have found your audience and having said that never, and I mean never ever get a job at QVC again
Yours in mud,
I loved this! I gained a lot more respect for him from his lecture, great speaker. I especially liked what he said about jobs on television, "we either turn them into heros or turn them into punchlines". As for the lamb thing, I'm just glad I missed that episode..