And here we go again. So, Proposal 3.0 goes back to the original idea of greed, but puts it within the framework of work, jobs, employment. Simplified, I suppose one might call it the “climbing the corporate ladder” phenomenon. This is not necessarily an idea confined to large corporations. Really, it can apply to anyone looking for bigger and better in his or her work life. Within this exploration of climbing the ladder, I would like my remix to visually represent two distinct aspects of the idea. First, I want to avoid a “pursuing a higher position is bad” or “pursuing a higher position is good” black and white portrayal. Nothing is ever that simple.
In this case, sure, people want promotions and pay raises and moving out of the cubicles, and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, people getting jobs, or better jobs, is a very good thing and can result in spectacular accomplishments and achievements. However, the flip side of this issue, something inherent in the competitive nature we promote in capitalist free markets, is that, in moving to a higher rung on the ladder, someone else is usually beaten and left behind. While this does not always involve actively pushing another person out of the way, the emotional reality of a promotion for one person is a crushing defeat for another. To an extent, it’s really a simple matter of survival. The strong prosper and the weak die, but as human beings, the strong can at least be a little considerate of the weak, right?
To portray this drive for advancement and its two potential results, I would like to utilize images that evoke the feeling of the rushing workplace, striving harder and faster every day to make it to the top, along with images people will associate with hard work and success and images that remind viewers that others may be hurt in the process. For example, lots of coffee can be associated with rush and work. (Caffeine is helpful for both.) I also want there to be an element of absurdity in the images for people cast aside—not that their plights are absurd, but how easily we forget the feelings of others and focus so entirely on ourselves.
For music, though it’s perhaps a little too obvious, I would like to use “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. It has a beat, the instrumental portions will allow for video clips with audio to have a moment here and there, and, most importantly, it makes me smile. For as long as I’ll spend editing and re-editing this remix, it better be a song that makes me smile.
All right, that’s it for Proposal 3.0. Here’s hoping it will have no more surprise siblings.