Not funny!

Matt is cruel/vicious/heartless:

So, I’m learning in class about how companies have put employees (who are thinking about joining a union) on a bus to an abandoned factory and say “look at all the jobs the union created at this plant”.

We should set up a nationwide network with trips to detroit, paid for by companies. This is a win-win for both companies and we can get some jobs to the D.

He obviously hasn’t heard about the economic breakthrough (via Zach):

Motown Motion Picture Studios, a new company, will open a $54-million, 600,000-square-foot studio and production facility at General Motors Corp.’s former Centerpoint truck plant and office complex in Pontiac, said Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s spokeswoman Liz Boyd.

I still remain very skeptical about the wisdom of trying to build a movie industry in Michigan. Obviously you want to do anything you can to employ people and get a positive multiplying effect happening, but the state is subsidizing the industry to such a massive extent. At what point could this ever be a self-sustaining feature of our economy? It’s going to permanent corporate welfare.

I guess it just feels like a really expensive band-aid at a time when we need open heart surgery. Would we be working this hard to become a leader of lima bean production or something? No. But film is sexy. We need huge, not sexy.

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9 Responses to “Not funny!”

  1. indeedindeed Says:

    obviously this isn’t the only thing that the government is trying to do in michigan to stimulate economic growth. but it gets so much attention.

  2. indeedindeed Says:

    also, not sure how i feel about calling the studio “motown” given that it’s in pontiac. and are they going to move to hollywood once they get big?

  3. zachary Says:

    you know how huge the movie industry is? imagine if 5 major productions are shot in detroit every year. thatd be a massive influx of money. this studio is no WB, but theyre facility is massive. something good must be in the works.

    your second post was very funny, just spit up coffee.

    goodwill hunting 2: i had to see about a coney

  4. indeedindeed Says:

    yeah, the problem is that we end up giving half of the influx of money back to the moviemakers, which is why they want to shoot here in the first place.

  5. indeedindeed Says:

    (i keep saying “here” like i’m there. i’m not there. i’m in beanvillage.)

  6. zachary Says:

    they should set up trips to china factories and say “look what buying from foreign companies gets you”

  7. indeedindeed Says:

    goodwill hunting 2: i had to see about a coney

    that’s really funny.

  8. indeedindeed Says:

    good will hunting 2: how do you like them cherries?
    good will hunting 2: leyland’s wicked smaht.
    good will hunting 2: so this is a MSU bar, huh? i thought there’d be cows and shit on the wall.
    good will hunting 2: maybe we could go somewhere and just drink a bunch of vernors.
    good will hunting 2: yeah, dano, it’s a real rarity that we’d be out drinking.
    good will hunting 2: millen—it IS your fault.

  9. zachary Says:

    good will hunting 2: its not a piece of shit, its got a good engine

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