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A perfect creation of ad hoc media -- found it via Fark.com,
builds on a previous YouTube upload of Hubble telescope images
set to the Tool song Lateralus -- and adds immense value,
meaning, and insight, all because some guy -- philriehl --
decided to do it. The 9:24 vid -- that number is important --
illustrates and explains a Fibonacci number
sequence clearly enough for everyone to feel their inner
gnostic stir. Beautiful, powerful, and inspiring.
reason managing editor
Who is the YouTube candidate? It might be Ron Paul, thanks to
his ability to inspire hundreds of homemade videos, some of them
gloriously weird. But Mike Gravel is the guy who makes
weird videos, or at least sends them out with his stamp of
approval. My favorite is this Lennonist rap featuring psychedelic
animation and clips from Duck and Cover.
incoming editor-in-chief of reason
I can never tell whether this surrealist attack on/celebration
"Walnuts" McCain was based on any particular knowledge or point
of view, or whether it was just a one-time burst of inspired
guesswork, but I do know that it only gets better -- and creepier
-- on the 200th viewing. "I want to help people... in their
lives" may yet go down as one of the most chilling
predictions of the 2008 presidential campaign.
author of Discover Your Inner Economist
The best video clip I saw this year was John McLaughlin playing "Cherokee."
author of Nanny State
My favorite video of the year:
The Huckabee parody ad. Nothing captured better the absurdity of
the GOP's entire field.
editor of Spiked Online
Mia Farrow in Second Life talking about Darfur: It's not my
favourite video of the year. But in capturing the naked narcissism
of celebrity activism, it's one of the most startling. Mia Farrow's
young-looking, sexy avatar addresses a virtual audience of
students, activists and lizards in Second Life. Like most Save
Darfur activists Farrow says precisely nothing about the politics
driving the conflict in Sudan; instead she describes horrific
occurrences and shows photos of distressed Darfurians. As Mahmood
Mamdani wrote in the London Review of Books (Essay of the
Year), activists like Farrow "obscure the politics of the violence
and position [themselves] as a virtuous, not just a concerned
observer." It's fitting that Farrow's speech takes place in the
cartoon world of Second Life, since the aim of Darfur activists is
not to get to grips with the reality on the ground in Sudan but to
create a virtual plane of moral superiority that they can occupy.
Darfur is a "defining moment for the human family," says Farrow.
She's so vain she thinks somebody else's war is about her. Watch
this vid to glimpse Kipling's colonialism updated: the Web Surfer's