This no-bullshit video perfectly explains why corporations are "embracing" democracy

Originally published at: This no-bullshit video perfectly explains why corporations are "embracing" democracy | Boing Boing


We support poverty, famine, expensive to nonexistent health care, planet destruction and voting rights. We can fix that last one in the mix.


I’m seeing this more and more, a video spliced together from lots of clips. I counted 44 splices in this one, and there may have been two or three more that I missed or were questionable.

On to her topic, yep, she nailed it. And that’s why there were plenty of calls over the last couple of weeks to ask those same corps to stop donating to repubs and their causes.


That was really jarring to watch. Can’t she try a few more takes in order to get the delivery right? How do they make the audio so seamless though?


Don’t laugh, it’s already happening, see Ark. & Georgia…



I think it was probably recorded ‘end-to-end’ in a natural way, and all they did was take out every nanosecond of pause between the end of each sentence and the start of the next sentence. Hence the jarring cuts. I see this all the time now and it is infuriating. No time to mentally process what was just said, because the next sentence is already halfway through. I do not know why they all seem to think all natural pauses between sentences are unwelcome. Do they really think we’ll lose interest in them and switch off/click away if we detect a breath? Is it some algorithmic effect whereby YouTube decided this was what must be done? Look at older speeches - pauses serve a purpose, and dramatic pauses even more so. But not today - we must be swamped by continuous talk. I fucking hate it.


Could be; my theory is that they do this all the way through several times, record them all, then just use the best cuts from each sentence and splice them all together. I’m not a fan either, but it saves me from having to hit the 1.25x button!

Coke, ecstasy, no pauses and women over 18 and way less Matt Gaetz yaaaay.

Yes, it’s a marketing gimmick based on catering to the most people.

Conservatives can look at it this way: “the market has decided”, and the market believes more people voted for Biden than Trump.


I see this all the time now and it is infuriating

I blame Hank Green.

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Well, I’d never heard of him and had to look him up. Was he really the first? Did everyone really copy him? He seems to have exactly the same practice, though.

Corporations like stability, 'cause it’s easier to make profits when society is stable than when there’s a lot of chaos. And right now, the Republicans are leaning in hard on being the Party of Chaos.


I’d love there to be democracy at my job…

This so much.

Many Corporations will abandon the US if we descend into chaos where the rule of law is ignored.
Before then those Corporations based here will raise objections to the GQP’s actions. We’ll see how effective those objections will be.


I have no idea if he was the first. I just thought of him because he commented on doing it in one of his videos. I think the idea is to capture short attention spans and cram as much info into as short a timeframe as possible by cutting out any of those pesky natural gaps in conversation.

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They are not pesky (and it is not a conversation). They allow the listener to process and absorb what was just said. I suspect that what many of the practitioners of this style may be missing is that many viewers simply do not - CAN not - take it all in. A barrage of talk is antithetical to comprehension. But I guess they really don’t care whether we take it all in, they just care how long we stay with the video - the longer we stay, the better the monetisation. It’s why I often give up early, rather than see them rewarded for it.

(Apologies if I am preaching to the choir.)

The delivery was not great but the message is spot on. When Trump and his band of crazies want me to boycott something, I am going to do the exact opposite. I can’t stand the sickly sweet sugar that is Coke but I will go out of my way to shop at Home Depot.

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However, if there is ever a majority for Socialism, leftism, or merely trustbusting and robust regulation, watch how quickly the mask falls away. Corporations will discard the trappings of “catering to the majority” in an instant if their real power is threatened. If their profits are threatened, they’ll be back to sponsoring the far right’s planned overthrow of democracy before you can say “banana republic”.

And this also goes to some uncomfortable truths about what is actually a threat to corporate power. Look at the campaigns that corporates embrace and use to make themselves look “progressive”. These are the stances that are of no threat whatsoever to the established order at all. Now look at how they react to unionisation, how they react to wealth and corporate taxes, how they react to increases in the minimum wage. This shows us where they are actually vulnerable.


It’s a balancing act for corporations. That’s part of why Citizens United was such an important ruling for them. They now have access to two kinds of speech: one to seem like they disagree with the right-wing extremist and Xtianist minority of consumers who are enabled by the GOP establishment: the other to enable the GOP establishment that delivers them tax cuts and deregulation through donations (AKA “money is speech”).


Are there any representative nation-wide non-partisan polls that show the percentage of people who support each party? Not voters or districts or party registrations, just the numbers of actual adult humans who said they supported each side, or none, or an alternative.


I’m not sure if this is what you’re looking for, but I’ve been following Gallop’s Party Affiliation running poll: Party Affiliation | Gallup Historical Trends

That doesn’t tell the whole story. Not just because “independent” is carrying a lot of weight, but many progressive policies are broadly popular even if a majority isn’t voting for the Democratic Party or their candidates. Florida restored voting rights for felons with 64% support. Idaho voted to expand Medicaid by over 60%. Countless polls for proposed policies show the same.