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Crazy Comment Monday!

It's a crazy video this week, but you will enjoy this one.  You know how when you were in school, you copied a few sentences out of an encyclopedia, changed a few words and wrote a conclusion sentence such as "I like birds alot," and that was your report?  In a similar vein, DESE ("Dessie," our state ed. department) slapped together this hilariously atrocious video for our enjoyment. 
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Ok, ok.  It's funny in an oh-so-unintentional way.  First off, the narrator never spent more than three days in Missouri, and at least two of those were likely spent making this bad film.  He sounds as though he is from "vaguely somewhere American" because he has a strong broadcaster accent.  Being "Missouri Proud," as the website suggests, means we need to outsource.
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But that alone doesn't make it obvious that DESE did a slipshod job.
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No, folks.  We need to make it more ridiculous than that.  We need to have a few shots of people cavorting outside a house with a tile roof.  A TILE ROOF.  Do you know how long those would last with our winters?  No one has a tile roof around here.
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STILL not obvious enough.  Throw in palm trees while we're talking about "Missouri pride," and that's a wrap.
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Oh, yeah.  You can see palm trees.  I'm feeling Missouri proud when I see those.  Ha ha ha!  And I love the stock photos of "feet walking on pavement," and "man with bagel" and "overly professionally dressed teacher calling upon student."  Sooo quintessential Missouri.
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DESE wants me to do my good civic duty by alerting you to this glorious Top 10 by 20 program, and if I answer this survey, I'll even get a certificate of appreciation!  Whoopeee!

Comments

  1. Stock footage is a life-saver in the edit bay when you don't have stuff to cover up people's unavoidable blunders when speaking into a camera. But, yes, it is funny when it is so horribly mis-matched. The thing that bothered me was the poor use of split screen and the really inappropriate use of cross fades in their edits. Eesh.

    Good times.

    ~Luke

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  2. Do I take it you don't have palm trees? What would I know. Biggest crime in my book? It's downright boring. Someone should show these people how to relay information in an interesting way!!!

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  3. I would have found it more believable had someone shouted out, "Go Cards!"

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  4. lol NO palm trees here. Oaks. Maples. Pines. We are the world's largest exporter of black walnut wood. And if there were a market for poison ivy, I think we would be able to beat much of the competition in that department.

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