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In the early times of American cinema, silence was a technical necessity. It wasn't until after the first World War when audiences could finally marvel at synchronized sound, with the release of The Jazz Singer in 1927.
Fast-forward to Ben Stephenson's sponsor me clip in 2008. Although it's been 81 years since the advent of sound in film, this two-and-a-half minute short suffers from many of the same problems early 20th century filmmakers struggled with: sketchy landings, garbage can kickflips, that one indoor park you and your friends hate, and cottage cheese.
Contrary to Depeche Mode's recommendations, I will not enjoy this silence. I'll smack a free pair of Emerica shoes on Ben's desk to promote volume normalization. Come on Ben, step it up!--Foxxyz