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you could start with the recent book called *Films That Work: Industrial 
Film and the Productivity of Media*, ed. Vinzenz Hediger and Patrick 
Vonderau (Amsterdam University Press, 2009). The blurb on the back says 
"Government-produced and industrially sponsored movies pursuing specific 
social or economic goals have a rich and rewarding history ..." The book 
takes both an analytical and historical approach to industrial film. And 
then, of course, there is the British documentary film movement from the 
1930s, whose aim was to show the general public how vital industries 
worked (Coal Face, Night Mail), etc, These films have have received 
extensive commentary (e.g., Ian Aitken, *Film and Reform*, 1990).

Warren

Warren Buckland
Course Leader, MA in Film Studies, Oxford Brookes University
http://ah.brookes.ac.uk/filmstudies/postgraduate/


> Date:    Mon, 8 Feb 2010 15:55:49 -0800
> From:    Adam Fish <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Google Corporate Culture
>
> Dear Colleagues,
>
> I am presently conducting an analysis of industrial or commercial
> online videos produced by and distributed on Google/YouTube about
> their information labor work environment. My basic interpretation is
> that these Google corporate videos are designed as a form of corporate
> transparency, future worker recruitment, and present worker
> therapeutics. My main goal is to develop methods by which scholars can
> investigate the work conditions of inaccessible global corporations
> through study of their public and reflexive documents. Texts referring
> to any of these issues will be much appreciated. Specifically, I am
> writing to inquire if anybody can recommend texts that investigate
> industrial or commercial videos.
> Thank you in advance.
> Best,
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