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Quiet car not quiet enough? This MBCR video will put everyone to sleep

Y'know, after reading the Globe's item on the MBCR's quiet car instruction video, I was hoping for a zippy, fun, media-savvy video that would illustrate quiet car rules with hammy overacting, simulated quiet-car confrontations, something. Nope. It's at the other end of that continuum, the one with employees "acting" as passengers and monotonous official soundbites. Not surprisingly, the conductors, who are used to talking in public, do the best.

Also worth noting: the bit about how the quiet "is expected to be maintained purely by mutual respect for one another." In other words, don't expect the conductor to get involved.

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Nope, can't think of a single possible flaw with that particular plan. Nosirree.

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the head honcho is acting like he really has to take a dump

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Man, they can't even read a script right. Check out the 3:04 mark, where the written script says that conductors may not be available to address quiet car rules, but the voice over says they may.

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A good Boston accent is great in a crime movie or a slapstick comedy. But listening to bland corporate informational videos with all the r's missing is just painful. There's just no way around it -- speak with a hahd-coah Bozztin accent an ya sound like a reetahd. Authentic maybe, but definitely not too intelligent.

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That rockin' drum machine soundtrack is what takes it from middle school video assignment and turns it into corporate porn.

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1980s corporate training video production.

Who the heck is this video targeting, because to younger commuters, the message is "the MBTA isn't good at making videos".

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they break down, then the people become loud and the car really stays quiet.

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Was this filmed last winter? There's no way it was filmed recently with what the passengers are wearing.

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The bit at 1:32 where they show the legs of three chubby men dressed identically in khaki pants, walking in apparent lockstep dutifully to their commuter train is scary.

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