Thoughts on culture, education, and having been a Canadian in the US
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While you’re waiting for my return….

I’m currently overwhelmed with the piles of work I neglected while helping to run the NWP Summer Institute here, so won’t be blogging for a few more days. In the meantime, I highly recommend Heidi’s scholarly treatise on the origins of Mah Na Mah Na. And, once you’re done there, you absolutely have to watch this video by OK Go (also sent to me by H). This has to be one of the most fun videos I’ve seen in a long time. YouTube is brilliant, isn’t it?

1 comment

1 cosmicray { 08.07.06 at 1:00 pm }

I agree. OK Go is cool. YouTube is awesome.
I ran across the “Here it Goes Again” link a couple of other places over the weekend, perhaps at the Village Voice or some radio station. Musically, though, I think I like “A Million Ways (to be Cruel)” quite a bit more. Both are great pop songs and pop videos.
OK Go is sponsoring an “OK Go Dance” contest, soliciting home videos of recreations of their dance with the prize being a live appearance on stage with them during their US tour. (Bascially recycling the Numa Numa Dance craze … and making it official.)
All in all, YouTube sucks up far too much of my time. It’s dangerous for a “dry” TV “addict.” It’s probably worse than TV.
YouTube itself is great in several ways. Like Google, it’s an extension of our (visual) memory. Just type in a phrase, and remember.
It’s also, I think, a new form of media. More like MTV than TV, more like CMTV (commercial message) than MTV. Clearly participatory, and clearly welcoming folks to “reuse, recycle, recreate.”
I also suspect it’s an extention of the internet into our subconscious. Vouyerism and exhibitionism combined, an id for the emerging global brain.
OK Off. To the WWDC live webcast.