A video commentary on Jon Stewart's 12 March 2009 interview with Jim Cramer on the Daily Show.
This commentary is almost entirely visual in nature, or should be. There are also some audio, percussive effects added to the audio track, and the mild resonance filtering of the original audio is also an intentional part of the commentary.
Also, the use of the "Matrix-style" color grading preset (credit: Eugenia Loli-Quero) is something I consider to be an essential component of the "message" here, but it's visual and I hate "telling" when I can show instead.
"Fair use" rationale:
First, this is a matter of public concern, public policy and one that calls for open discussion in a democracy, thus putting it squarely in the realm of political speech that few can seriously argue is not a compelling First Amendment exercise of free speech. It is intended as dialogue and not as appropriation of intellectual property. If it fails in some eyes as commentary, that is another matter altogether.
The elements that call for a "fair use" exception then, are the less than 3 mins 27 seconds of audio edited from the Daily Show programme for 12 March 2009, described and credited in the description here.
Fair use also requires that one not used too much of someone elses material, relative to the presentation as a whole. What follows is my math:
Let's say this video is 4 minutes long. It's really 3 min 27 seconds and change with the Stewart/Cramer recording running under most but not all of that, and with other audio elements added in for emphasis and non-verbal commentary. But I like to round up in the other dude's favor on these things, so let's just call it 4 minutes, okay?
Let's also say that a syllable counts as one word. The old "one one thousand" trick for estimating seconds is 4 syllables/second. So, 4 words x 60 seconds = 240 words/minute. Round that up again to 250 words/minute. 4 minutes? 1000 words, by a generous, rounding up sort of estimated count.
Now let's recall the old "picture is worth 1000 words" rule of thumb/idiom. There are 6,214 frames in this video. Round that *down* to 6,000. 6,000 x 1,000 = 6,000,000. Or put another way, the ratio of my "words" to those edited down from a roughly 20 minute interview is 6,000:1.
I really don't want to have to add closed captions or other subtitles or (ick!) annotations to this, so please see it more or less my way and save us both from legal fees and purchasing ugly cars for lawyers.
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