Burning Shorts Issue 7: February 2007

Tax Cut for Perverts

We strive to understand online video as well as to present its finest quality works. More in the spirit of understanding, we immodestly present “Tax Cut for Perverts”, a masterpiece in the critical media category “Politics as Theater”, starring City Councilmember Carolyn Moceri. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rZlYWqJvBA&NR

Apparently from the City Council of Warren, Michigan, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren,_Michigan, the Politics as Theater here is sheer absurd comedy.

The absurd comedy is reinforced in a subsequent installment by artist Warrenkooks in “Moceri Does the Hat Dance”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o003qzf7oV0

Politics as Theater is a critical media category. For those who watched the online video beheading of American Nick Berg by Insurgents in 2004 the power of viral video as a weapon for those engaged in asymmetric conflict with the West is, alas, beyond measure and woefully underestimated.

The mere awareness of Politics as Theater and the tragic shift of the former to the latter is generally overlooked, understandably, by the very media that bloat and profit from the shift. So, when Jon Stewart calmly and eloquently rips the lid off the Politics of Theater on CNN series “Crossfire”, the result is glorious. We provide a selection of postings of Stewart’s Appearance, and we urge the longer versions, such as this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmZkw169xEI . With Stewart’s masterfully appearance, more is better: His comments are delicious and good for you! Remember: “I’m not going to be your monkey.” For other editions: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Jon+Stewart+on+Crossfire&search=Search.

“Line Rider~Futuristic Adventure”: Metaphor and Reality

Just last Issue we introduced new-born artform Linerider. Now, with “Furturistic Adventure” (again with thanks to David Harrison), please enjoy how that artform is racing forward with stunning beauty and velocity, like the little sled-riding protagonist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yav47XgQo7w&eurl=.

So, “Furturistic Adventure” (among other spectacular Linerider works) is both metaphor for the stunning beauty and velocity of the Linerider artform and that stunning beauty and velocity itself!

Possible Walt

Walt Whitman is forever one of America’s greatest original voices. Imagine then literally hearing his voice, as this alleged recording by Edison captured Walt at the end of his life. http://www.whitmanarchive.org/audio/ then click “America” to play the recording. (Our thanks to Sue Bachner.) We believe the voice is reading these lines.

“America

Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,

All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old,

Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,

Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love …”

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