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Economic Armageddon Video

Reposting from another thread ... I confess, I got a little obsessed with this video project. I tried to start off with a more light-hearted tone, to get the viewer's attention, and then, about half way through the video get dead serious. My wife says it got too extreme at the end, so let me know your opinion.

I decided against mentioning any websites at the end, because I don't want to imply that those websites endorse or approve of the video.
 

Reposting from another thread ... I confess, I got a little obsessed with this video project. I tried to start off with a more light-hearted tone, to get the viewer's attention, and then, about half way through the video get dead serious. My wife says it got too extreme at the end, so let me know your opinion.

I decided against mentioning any websites at the end, because I don't want to imply that those websites endorse or approve of the video.

I have intentionally sacrificed precision for clarity, and I'm sure that many people will find something to disagree with about this presentation. That's totally fine ... My goal was to create a brief introduction to the current economic crisis, for people who are curious but uneducated.

I am not looking for credit or compensation. Feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested, or might benefit from it.

I hope you enjoy it!

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I love this video

Wow this video is really well done and explains everything in simple terms even my kids could understand. I'll definitely be sharing it with some folks I know! Thanks for creating it! I hope there is a sequel :)

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Yeah, it kind of loses steam toward the middle

The music and animation for the first half was quite good and upbeat, even though you're talking about a bad situation, it holds attention.  There needs to be something more like this for the second half, or people will stop watching.

Overall, very good, but I don't know how many people it will convince.  Might be useful to verbally and in the video provide some links to relevant information which backs up what you're saying.

Other than that, I got nothing, but something in the second half needs to change... I'm just not sure what.  That's why I'm not a video producer, I guess... ;-)

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revisions

Great feedback! Thanks for the balanced critiques. Based on what I'm hearing (here and IRL), it would be better to have this video present a straightforward explanation of the issues (with animation throughout), and perhaps explain the normalcy bias & preps in another video.

I'll post a revised version later today.

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REVISED video now online

Thanks for the thoughtful comments, here and elsewhere. Here's the revised (final, hopefully) version of the video. It's shorter, leaner, adds some animation, and skips the scary stuff at the end of the original. 

Enjoy! And remember, you guys already know this stuff ... This video is for people who don't have a handle on what's going on. 

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Much better

The music throughout the video keeps it from feeling too dark, which I think is important.

My only critique is this (and I'm not a financial genius, so maybe I'm wrong): Why do you think cutting government spending will worsen a recession?  I agree that it will in the very near term (as .gov employees get laid off), but in the longer term, it would be quite bullish for our economy... (and our currency, as they wouldn't have to keep inflating).

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Nice work. But cut

Nice work. But cut "Armageddon" from the title because that's not what it's about, really. You explained the current situation rather nicely and the potential outcome, but you closed with no one knows the final result.

Whenever I see 'Armageddon' used in a YT vid nowadays I'm repulsed cause these videos are a dime a dozen and are mostly fear mongering crapola. You're not the NIA or Alex Jones. You seem to care enough to educate rather than shock someone. Light jazz music ain't gonna scare a bother, knowatimsayin?

And for the love of GOD please do not put "collapse" in the title either. Uggggg, it's so annoying to try to sift through video after video, headline after headline...everyfrigginthing is a damn "collapse." 

Be creative with the title. Pretty please.

Also, l loved the bit about stagflation. It's important people understand that term.

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How to reach a broader audience

Sadly, many people who consider Access Hollywood or ESPN their primary news source will be challenged maintaining focus and attention while watching your informative video.

You may want to consider a more effective approach of communicating these ideas, albeit deceptively.  Take for example, this extremely popular YouTube video capable of entertaining these people for hours on end, if not days:

Here's what you do.  Take a copy of this video and embed your message subliminally into the audio track and re-post it on YouTube.  You will entertain and educate millions of Americans as they watch the entire video repeatedly. 

The effects of your effort may appear by the end of summer, as news of unprecedented demand for gold chocolate coins overwhelm candy stores across America.

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Thanks

I very much appreciate the kudos and thoughtful comments.

@pourty, I agree that - in the long run - less government spending would a net positive for the economy. Unfortunately, the general consensus seems to be that significant cuts to gov't. spending will worsen a recession in the short term, not only because unemployment will go up, but also because the money that is currently flowing from the public to the private sector (via entitlements, government contracts, whatever) will stop. This is one of the problems with Keynesian economics: once you start spending money from the top down, it's very painful to stop.

@Dr . Durden, I agonized over the title for a while. I know what you're saying, and my only answer is that I couldn't think of anything I liked better. Years ago, in college, I made a video called "Lycanthropy and You," and ever since I've been partial to "... and You" titles. Kinda brings it home, you know what I mean? As for "Economic Armageddon" ... Well, I thought it had a nice ring to it. Certainly "The Debt Crisis and You" sounds incredibly boring, and only marginally less sensational. "Stagflation and You" sounds like some kind of weird porn. "Uncle Sam's Problems and You"? "The Global Currency Shitstorm and You"? I dunno ... BTW, I'm glad you enjoyed the jazz soundtrack. I tried quite a few royalty-free tracks before I found something that was serious enough to support the subject matter, but not too melodramatic or cheesy.

@The man ... I love your idea of subliminal messages. Reminds me of another "Dr. Durden"'s approach to public education. wink

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first version

wondering what the scary part is in the first version. Maybe a sequel rated "R" for scaRry

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The title is awesome.  It's

The title is awesome.  It's funny, eye-catching, but also accurate.  Don't change it.

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P, nice job...simplicity, yet

P,

nice job...simplicity, yet detailed enough to give a newbie the general idea.

One minor change I'd suggest, for slightly better accuracy:

at the 3:26 mark, you say, "Federal Benefits".

You might simply change it to "Government benefits".

Why?

As I understand the system, unemployment compensation is paid by State govts, not the Feds.

The end question might be something like:

"What *should* one do to prepare?"

Oh - and that Batman vid was hilARious!

LOL

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