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It was meant to be a spoof. As in, a spoof of bad motivational videos.

Posted by King Rat | April 16, 2008 9:19 PM

i spent the better part of last year writing shit just like that for microsoft (or, um, a microsoft-like company, um...)...far, far better, naturally. so much better in fact, they scrapped all three 20 minute "webisode" (i know) commercials in the final hour, after full production, because they were too racey, showed too much skin, and mixed "chinese and japanese elements" in such a way as would offend the world and cause WWIII, apparently. and they keep THIS horrible piece of shit? god save us all. stop trying indeed.

Posted by adrian | April 16, 2008 9:22 PM

It's not funny as a spoof either. It's possibly worse.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | April 16, 2008 9:30 PM

Wow. Have they really forgotten why people use computers THAT MUCH?

News flash - an OS should be faster. Not twice as slow. It should work better. Not worse.


Posted by Will in Seattle | April 16, 2008 9:33 PM

Ouch. That hurt to watch, spoof or no.

Posted by PopTart | April 16, 2008 9:34 PM

oh shit oh jesus...i just listened to "we built this strabucks", and now. i want. to DIE.

ps--anthony? @ 3? a-fucking-men.

Posted by adrian | April 16, 2008 9:34 PM

@6 Yeah, I thought the Starbucks thing was just cruel and unusual punishment on top of the video. I think my ears are bleeding.

Posted by PopTart | April 16, 2008 9:35 PM

I dunno, industrials like this one are some of the only paying acting work around. Many of my friends rely on this stuff to fund their actual art-making activities. Don't begrudge those hard-working actors, writers, musicians, independent movie makers and production staff their livelihood! They suffer enough knowing how bad this stuff sucks.

Note to big, humorless corporations: Keep making videos that employ local talent. You'll get it right one day!

Posted by flamingbanjo | April 16, 2008 9:35 PM

That song should not be replayed for at least 25 years.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 16, 2008 10:06 PM

Wow, it's like "The 'Star Wars' Christmas Special" of sales motivational videos! I'm surprised Bill didn't keep this buried in a vault somewhere.

And clearly, the entire E Street Band was either bought off, or, will probably settle out-of-court.

And @8: If I see THIS on the resume of anyone I know, I'm just going to cry for them.

Posted by COMTE | April 16, 2008 10:21 PM

well, that was a few thousand dollars well spent.

Posted by bearseatbeats | April 16, 2008 10:35 PM


I think, or hope, the idea is to get the money and not mention it ever again.

Posted by keshmeshi | April 16, 2008 10:38 PM

All I could think of was: "Make it STOP!"

So I did.

Posted by Rujax! | April 16, 2008 11:04 PM

I imagine most of these folks have already lost their teeth to the meth addiction that drove them to participate in such a thing. Sad that, in't it.

Posted by kinaidos | April 16, 2008 11:28 PM

You just wish you got paid like we do.


Posted by max | April 17, 2008 1:30 AM

That wasn't Courtney Cox.

Posted by fullrotor | April 17, 2008 7:20 AM

i don't know, i found that thoroughly enjoyable. what a great pick me up at the start of the day.

i enjoy thinking about a sales rep playing the video in the conference room of a sheet metal fabrication plant in muncie, indiana and sealing the deal with zest.

Posted by quilsone | April 17, 2008 8:25 AM

Maybe it didn't cost all that much to put together...they might have used a Mac for video production.

Posted by bohica | April 17, 2008 9:53 AM

Lots to criticize in this vid. agreed w/ comment #3. And it's so weird that they would have a white guy playing the sax next to the clapping black guy who was supposed to be Clarence Clemens (e street bands sax player). Why not have the black guy play the sax? So weird.

Posted by jerry falls well | April 17, 2008 10:12 AM

That was all really bad.What is the point of really bad????

Posted by lawrence clark | April 18, 2008 3:14 AM

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