The opening scene of Oh, Jeff! shows the informal reunion of two friends who have not seen each other for several years. In this suburban setting, the stark contrast is offered to a hard-working 33-year-old single, Benjamin Saxon – a 16 hour diaper-wearing Amazon worker faced by a former dumpster turned communal Soviet. Love dave.
As the friends discuss where they have been and how they have adapted to their new lifestyle, Benjamin shows his loyalty to the hopeful capitalist dream, despite its multiple shortcomings, confirmed by three years of his unanswered submissions to the Amazon “suggestion box”. Benjamin’s friend Dave has discovered that real happiness can be found in the socialist hippie worldview, and when their conversation is interrupted by a phone call asking Benjamin to come to work on his day off, Dave tries to clear that with Benjamin When he goes to work this will show that they can continue to abuse him and take advantage of him as they want; All he makes of it is the minimal benefit.
Benjamin must defend himself by trying to argue his side, convincing himself aloud of the ridiculous notion that it is okay for a single man to make most of the money that exists, despite the lack of the qualities that make a person out. and that his circumstances are his own fault for not being a better worker.
Shortly thereafter, Dave apologizes to go to the bathroom. Much to Benjamin’s surprise, THE Jeff Bezos himself mysteriously appears on the wooden deck of his suburban home. He is there to personally address all suggestions from the past few years from the previously unanswered suggestion field. “The miracle of the suggestion box!” Hopefully Benjamin thinks so.
One by one, Bezos responded to Benjamin’s concerns by reading prepared cards, giving PR answers or a politician reading from the teleprompter. After Mr Bezos’ robot procedure, Benjamin emphatically declares: “People want to be happy and live freely!” He tries to convince Jeff that his workers are human.
What follows is Mr. Bezos’ feeble attempt to understand people rather than automation, which turns out to be more of a fantastic daydream of how far and wide his influence is felt around the world and how great it has become. A look back at his younger days is shown with his father granting him a $ 100,000 loan that can be repaid whenever convenient. This is the next credit Jeff ever had to feel the “normal man’s” plight. After giving Jeff that head start and Jeff’s dizzying reception, his father shakes him into reality with, “Oh, Jeff! Remember the little people.”
Bezo’s character ultimately expired, only to return as a pathetic Amazon worker fired by his supervisor for taking two minutes off lunch three times in a week.
This was an insightful short film that pulled the curtains back on what the life of a real Amazon worker might be like. With shining eyes and bushy tails, many are undoubtedly starting their careers at Amazon and are looking forward to partaking in the vision that Mr. Bezos has brought to the world with his amazing innovation that everything and everything under the sun is sometimes less to the front door delivers than 48 hours. These hardworking people at the end of the totem pole simply hope to earn a living wage and be treated as human beings. It gets more surreal when you consider what was recently reported on the news about Amazon employees having no time for bathroom breaks and having to pee in bottles to keep them as productive as possible on their shifts. All of this while Mr. Bezos eats and eats his new lover and leads the high life that only ordinary people can dream of.
But what goes around comes around eventually, and pride comes before fall, however long that may be.
The characters were a bit of a cliché, but the message was on point. The production was an important dialogue about why some in society idealize socialism because of the mistakes and failures of capitalism that leave so many dreams unfulfilled.
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