The following is an actual conversation that occured in 2010, when an Ohio county office was sued for charging $2 per photocopy on public documents. During this legal deposition, a lawyer asks - or tries to ask - an IT employee at said office about the photocopier usage. It seems pretty simple, doesn't it? Incredibly, the conversation doesn't even get off the ground, absurdly stuck on what... a... photocopier.. is.

The employee holds his line strong, denying any understanding of such device (i.e. "photocopier") -- essentially filibustering his way through, enduring caustic insults, all the while keeping his cool. Kudos to him I suppose. He's played by an actor who looks like a patsy here, but I for one can't keep a poker face across from common sense for that long. And you know what? This is all apparently legal. Frustratingly, insanely legal. The reveal at the end will be of some respite if you know someone who works in IT. They can be some sticklers for words.

Anyway, aside from Fake Mark Zuckerberg swinging his balls against the adults-in-suits in The Social Network, the scene remindeds me most of this other time a slimey "define-what-this-world-really-means" tactics were used:


The video is part of a New York Times series that brings Op-Eds to life -- labeled Op-Docs. The New York Times! "Subscribe! To our YouTube channel!"