Why videos?

Posted by  $  prof611 3 years, 6 months ago to Video
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I just got an Atlas Society Newsletter, and saw a link that I wanted to view, "The Atlas Shrugged Crony Awards - Who's the biggest crony of them all?" So I clicked the link, and was very annoyed to find myself confronted with an "article" with no text - it was a 48 minute long video.

What is the fascination with videos? I wanted to see a listing of the Crony Awards. To get one, why must I sit through 48 minutes of a presentation I'm not at all interested in?

I watched the first few minutes, and the lecturer began by giving some alarming statistics on the literacy of college graduates. Is this why we're being subjected to a video? Because we can't read?

Anyway, I object! Please give a transcript of any videos posted. I don't have the time or inclination to sit through any long videos.
SOURCE URL: http://atlassociety.org/objectivism/atlas-summit/videos/113-2015-videos/5862-the-atlas-shrugged-crony-awards-video


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  • Posted by freedomforall 3 years, 6 months ago
    I agree completely, prof611. +1
    While video can be a great medium for making an impression, a video "awards" show is a boring waste of time.
    I want the 300 word version first.
    Then I may decide to waste 50 minutes.
    In this case I suggest skipping to the 40 minute mark and watch for about 6 minutes, assuming that by this time you even care.
    (I didn't care enough to listen, but I cared enough to find where the list starts for others who might care.)
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  • Posted by  $  3 years, 6 months ago
    Thank you robgambrill and freedomforall, for pointing out that the easiest way to discover the award winners was to skip over to near the end of the video. I did that, since I really wanted to know.

    BTW, I found where the winners were listed on the AS website: http://atlassociety.org/commentary/co.... It certainly would have been nice to have a link to this on the video page!
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    • Posted by freedomforall 3 years, 6 months ago
      Thanks for that link, prof611.
      Its too bad that the power behind both the IRS and the Fed, that is, the banksters that planned both the Fed and the income tax to support it, received no attention or awards.
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  • Posted by Technocracy 3 years, 6 months ago
    Videos are more effective a media than a transcript.
    Those videos are from the Atlas Society summit held back in June. They put the videos up for people that want to see the material that either could not be there, or were in a different lecture at the time.

    If you want a transcript, contact the atlas society directly through their web site. They may or may not have transcripts available.
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    • Posted by  $  3 years, 6 months ago
      A complete transcript is not necessary. There should be a short synopsis of the important content and conclusions. My time is important to me, and I don't appreciate a link that purports to announce the winners of the Crony Awards, and does not do so. I was also interested in the other two links, but don't want to spend almost three hours to learn what they're about.
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  • Posted by robgambrill 3 years, 6 months ago
    Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then 48 minutes of HD video at 60 f.p.s. is worth 172,800,000 words. 😈
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    • Posted by  $  3 years, 6 months ago
      You're missing the point.
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      • Posted by robgambrill 3 years, 6 months ago
        Yeah, no offense. A little more detail could have been added to the video's caption. And if they didn't want to give out spoilers, I guess a time index of speakers would have been helpful to people who didn't want to watch the whole thing. I personally just skipped around till found the "award" part..

        I have typed transcripts for personal use and it is not easy as it sounds. I imagine it is an issue of budget.
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