Monday, July 06, 2009

Pittsburgh facing the world

I just saw this although it says it is from April. I thought it was an ACCD production, but it says it is from the State Department. The question is, did someone get tasked to make this in anticipation of a G20 announcement in the pipeline? Whatever the reason, here is what the State Department is presenting to the world on us:


Anonymous AntiYinzer said...

rather lethargic production

Monday, July 06, 2009 1:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Jake said...

It seems there are two different paths that people take to discuss where we are today. One is to say that we've filled in a 'gap' where all the lost manufacturing jobs were with healthcare, education, and technology jobs.

Another way seems to sound as if we've gone through an evolutionary process, where the neanderthal occupations of steel making have 'evolved' into higher, more intellectually worthy jobs of 'high tech' and 'innovative' fields.

Unfortunately, this video reeks of the latter. With clouds of pollution and monotonous swinging of sledgehammers to show the horrors and toils of our past, the video flashes to a new 'innovative' town full of 'innovative' technologies by 'innovative' companies. There is a dismissal of our history as a bygone era that no one should have to return to or even conjure up, except to recognize how much better we are today having white-collar jobs.

In our current day, physical labor is dismissed as a 'lower' job to the 'intellectually stimulating' work of an office job. We cannot dismiss our past and believe that we've arrived at an 'enlightened' era that is smarter and wiser than the prior generations. Technology and innovative companies made Pittsburgh a thriving town throughout the 1800's and 1900's, let's continue that tradition rather than believe that we're the first ones to discover innovation.

Monday, July 06, 2009 9:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Eve said...

I'm embarrassed. If this is what the world sees of Pittsburgh I'm really embarrassed. It's a tired, thin story that we continue to tell. It is not the rich story of a city in the midst of its struggle to be reborn.

Not a hint of diversity makes it even more embarrassing. If we are not diverse enough, we should talk about it. We should use videos like this one to invite a diverse population to move here.

The video is as formulaic as a bad movie. Can someone make one that will get us to the Sundance Festival? That would speak loudly to the creativity and innovation we have here.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 8:41:00 PM  

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