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I simply must review this....
17 April 2003 | by (No VA) – See all my reviews

The high profile presenters of a high profile product launch make it imperative that I review this video. It helps that Windows 95 was a travesty of an operating system that will someday be mentioned in the same breath with the Ford Pinto and New Coke as low points of American business. Sure, Win95 was workable, but it was the first step towards lower and lower standards in Microsoft products. Bugs, bugs and more bugs were considered SOP for users of Microsoft operating systems and bloatware. Additionally, Win95 screams "Internet? What Internet?" It was an operating system ripped off from mid-80's Apple. It stole the look without stealing the functionality.

So how does this have anything to do with entertainment, the reason we're all on IMDb? To use computer inspired language, it's because Matthew Perry and Jennifer Anniston are the perfect examples of pretty cut-and-paste actors playing cut-and-paste characters in a cut-and-paste comedy exemplifying a cut-and-paste corporate mentality towards entertainment. They were chosen because of their identification with FRIENDS, a comedy ripped off from earlier shows with all of the look and none of the functionality. Unlike more modern shows like NEWSRADIO or SEINFELD, or older shows like MARY TYLER MOORE or WKRP, urban-centered comedies with bizarre characters in brilliant comedies, FRIENDS is the ultimate derivative comedy. It isn't bad. I happen to like it myself. But it isn't really challenging either. It's an identifiable group of attractive people doing semi-interesting things with some good hearty chuckles along the way. It's the program that a team of Microsoft engineers would have created had they tried to make a TV show instead of an operating system. And by featuring these two actors as their spokespeople (some would say shills), Microsoft is trying desperately to hide their flawed product behind a hip brand identity. The fact that FRIENDS has now existed for years beyond its creative peak (not really so peaky!) makes this video even funnier since Windows and its various incarnations have grown equally stale. This is the ultimate synergy (a 90's biz buzz word) between Hollywood brand and Wall Street brand. Some day, we will look back on this video and laugh like we do when we see Ronald Reagan selling GE products from the 50's.

BTW - If you've read this, please send me a private message. I would be delighted to interact with anyone who is warped enough to not only check out this video's page, but to read reviews on it as well. Even if you don't agree with my opinion, you've got to be pretty interesting if you've read this far. Now sing the FRIENDS theme song with me...."Doo doo doo da doo doo doo doo....So no one told you life was gonna be this wayyy...."

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