Here is a video featuring 1,200 human beings, attached to mattresses falling down like a chain of dominos as part of a managers meeting for Aaron’s Inc., an appliance and electronics company. According to Guinness World Records, this was the largest human mattress domino chain of its kind. You might expect this video to be along the lines of other mesmerizing viral videos, like the one featuring 6,000 matches igniting each other or the ones showing how to make Jello that looks like a gallon of milk. And it is weird and watchable, to be sure. But something about it is also kind of sad.
Maybe it's the blue uniforms that inspire sadness? Their IDs on lanyards? How it triggers memories of all the times you were forced by your employers to engage in mandatory fun? How human beings falling down like dominos in the course of their workday is so perfect a metaphor for the decline of manufacturing jobs in America?
Maybe it's just a fun viral video, who knows?