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Re: Mission Statement

Postby TMBJon » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:28 pm

I thought this video was just okay. Kind of on par with the high-end expectations for a pre-MF animated video. It was fun to watch and fit with the song thematically, but I don't think it has as much repeat viewing potential as any of the other videos. Still grateful because I think it's better than any of the Straight Outta Lynwood animated videos.

This had the opposite effect as Lame Claim To Fame for me. On that one, I thought the song was just okay but the video was so incredibly good. For Mission Statement, I think the song is so incredibly good, but the video is just okay.
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Re: Mission Statement

Postby Skippy » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:38 pm

I'm with Jon on this one. I love Mission Statement and this video isn't going to change that any, but much like "Sports Song," I just felt there were some missed opportunities. It felt like a very literal interpretation of the lyrics, and that's the last thing this song needs. The part during the instrumental section before the line "Bringing to the table..." where the hippie/corporate worlds are woven together--that's what this whole video should have been, because that's the point of the song. The fact that there's a brief moment of that makes the video even more disappointing.
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Re: Mission Statement

Postby TMBJon » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:41 pm

Skippy wrote:where the hippie/corporate worlds are woven together--that's what this whole video should have been

Yes! I would have totally preferred a completely psychedelic version of this video that was more like you were watching it on acid because that's how I feel when listening to the song. :wacko:
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Re: Mission Statement

Postby Driew_La_27 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:49 pm

I found this great response on reddit to the video

Wow. This song is incredible. For those unfamiliar with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and the seventies in the US in general, I could see where this would go over some peoples heads. Basically, Weird Al is using a band from the 70s known for their political involvement--more or less, chastising "the man," or the government, the people in charge--to critique the flower children of the 1970s for the corporate lingo and destruction their generation brought about in the business world. Otherwise said, the generation known for loudly and proudly chastising "the man" has ultimately become "the man" themselves. That Weird Al saved this salvo to be hosted on the Wall Street Journal adds even more to its bite. If you are reading this Weird Al, bravo.
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Re: Mission Statement

Postby TMBJon » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:22 am

That Weird Al saved this salvo to be hosted on the Wall Street Journal adds even more to its bite.

I wholeheartedly with the entire comment, but I especially agreed with this. When I saw that was the host site this morning, I lol'ed.
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Re: Mission Statement

Postby Skippy » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:18 am

TMBJon wrote:When I saw that was the host site this morning, I lol'ed.


Same here. I have to wonder if anyone from the demographic it targets watched this video today and felt a little bit of a sting.
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Re: Mission Statement

Postby Wolfman » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:17 am

I've worked in the business world for the past 14 years, and although I can very strongly identify with the lyrics to this song, I can tell you that neither myself nor most of my colleagues would find this to be offensive or a "bit of a sting" in any way.

A little secret about the business world - We are all fully aware of how ridiculous and meaningless all of those "buzz words" sound.
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Re: Mission Statement

Postby Skippy » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:20 am

Wolfman wrote:A little secret about the business world - We are all fully aware of how ridiculous and meaningless all of those "buzz words" sound.


But were you a hippie? Because that's the important part of this song's message.
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Re: Mission Statement

Postby Wolfman » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:24 am

Not quite. I was born just a bit too late to have been a hippie.
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Re: Mission Statement

Postby angela27 » Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:02 am

remmy wrote:It's probably my least favorite of the bunch. Visually it's pretty cool, but there aren't a lot of jokes (kind of like the song itself I guess).


I have actually sat through a truScribe'd training class at work. (I work for one of those giant defense contractors.) I have a feeling there are a lot of other people at a lot of other big corporations that have sat through truScribe presentations and classes and their selection for the video was a shout-out to us who have seen it before. :D
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