Take some of the most interesting exploration and maintenance missions in years, throw it into the government-contracted production blender, and voilà: instant amateurish video. Now to be fair, not everything in this collection is all this bad. The NASA EDGE and NASA 360 podcasts are TV quality productions that only suffer from poor encoding. But Mission Update and This Week @ NASA [@ NASA...that kills me! It's so 2002] are text-book examples of bureaucratic propaganda. Not because of the content or even the presentation, but because of their poor production quality. This Week @ NASA features a sound loop and intro graphics that seem to be right out of 1996 stock media libraries. Mission Update's intro includes repeated loops of sound effects from Star Trek: The Next Generation. I'm NOT kidding. And I'm just curious, NASA, did you license those for public distribution? Both shows overuse gratuitous (and dated) video transition and titling effects.
C'mon, NASA...you're doing amazing stuff. You want the country to know and appreciate that? Then learn how to create some video that can engage the public.