This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
The problem with raising minimum wage is the fact that it’ll most likely cause inflation as businesses lose money.
Kanye school himself in his home studio, 1997.
“Lock yourself in a room doing 5 beats a day for 3 summers.
That’s a Different World, like Cree Summer’s.
I deserve to do these numbers.
The kid that made that
Deserves that Maybach
So many records in my basement
I’m just waiting on my spaceship…”