vox vent

Apparently General Electric wants you to know some things about single-payer healthcare.


There is something liberals like to say about Newt Gingrich. He is a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like. There is something I like to say – Saying Newt Gingrich is a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like is a stupid liberal’s idea of what a smart person sounds like. No offense. All due respect.

I take it back. Vox is a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like.

That isn’t nice to say. I feel bad. There are no stupid people. Just stupid websites.

I’ll take it all back.

I really shouldn’t call anything stupid. It isn’t nice. But if you are giving me a 2 minute video on single-payer and claiming this creates expertise, you are treating your audience like they are stupid. Don’t call me stupid!

You begin with some benefits of the system but then break halfway through with “there is also a catch.” The government gets to decide what they pay for! There might be fewer doctors available! You will wait and die! You even use the dreaded wrong answer game show sound effect. If you want me to believe this is an objective analysis, you think I’m stupid.

To support the latter claim we have data, because wonks love data, in the form of some bar graph that is on the screen for four seconds. This is roughly how long the hammer and sickle graphic was on the screen at the beginning of the video. Seriously. I’m not fucking with you. Anyhow, the graph is only there for a few seconds, but they just made bad sound effects and said something about not having doctors and I see something about Canada and the US. Presumably that damn socialist system is killing millions of people up there. Of course, one could pause the video, but doesn’t that defeat the purpose? If thinking through the data was the point, the video would last a few more minutes (is 5 minutes really too large a cost for becoming an expert?). The flashing data is just meant to reassure us this is all serious and wonky and deep like that Nate Silver guy.

Whatever. This would less annoying if these new media ventures were not so pretentious.

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