Taking a mental break this afternoon from some of the work I should be doing, so instead I’m watching and linking to some of my favorite recent videos, many of them courtesy of Michael.
JibJab’s latest, “What We Call the News” is pretty good, a decent parody of cable news. Seems like they’ve been subject to a lot of backlash lately, which I don’t really get. Maybe I’m missing something?
Related: PoliticsTV’s Top Ten: The Greatest Political Web Videos of All Time. It’s an interesting list. JibJab’s “This Land,” Colbert’s White House Correspondents Dinner speech, and George Allen’s “macaca moment” are among the top videos, but so is the camera phone recording of Saddam Hussein’s execution, which doesn’t strike me as “political” exactly (at least in the narrow sense of the term). I’m becoming increasingly interested in conversations about “political” videos, so the PTV video has given me something to think about.
Michael also points to Nate & Matt Meet David Lynch, a video in which two guys randomly run into David Lynch, a cow, and an Inland Empire poster while he is promoting Laura Dern for Oscar consideration.
I’ve been planning to write something on Karina’s post about Jennicam and Justin.tv, but I haven’t had time. Karina writes that “Justin.tv, produced by a camera mounted on a man’s forehead, with a feed streamed live through a television studio inside a backpack, inverts the driving principles of JenniCam by replacing a single, intimate space with the entirety of the outside world. It’s no longer about voyeurism, because Justin himself isn’t revealing much of anything; he’s actually turning the spectators into the exhibitionists.” While you’re at it, be sure to check out David Letterman’s interview with Jennicam “star” Jennifer Ringley. Hoping to come back to this discussion at some point in the near future.
Finally, one of the funniest videos I’ve seen this week: Kermit the Frog covering Johnny Cash’s version of the Nine Inch Nails song, “Hurt.”
Update: I forgot to mention the notorious videos of Lily Tomlin and director David O. Russell cursing each other out on the set of I [Heart] Huckabees. Also check out this hip hop remix of their fight and great re-enactment of one of their epic fights.
Update 2: And since everyone else is linking to it, I’ll join the club: The Seven-Minute Sopranos. Can’t wait for the new season to start.
Update 3: Oh, and via Michael on del.icio.us, I just came across the “final” version of Michael Wesch’s “The Machine is Us/ing Us.” Not sure I have anything to add to my comments on the previous version, but worth checking out.