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Further Thoughts on the Society of the Spectacle - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Further Thoughts on the Society of the Spectacle
Since masoo kindly supplemented his comment to my entry of this morning with an entry in which he altered my photo of Stonehenge to support his point, I thought it only proper that I respond in kind:

I debated whether to restore Po's lightning so that her screen would match the others, but I like the idea of explosions following each other in sequence, like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" sung in a round. Picture something Nam June Paik-esque. Oh, and I especially like the devil horns, which develop the early-70s-hard-rock aesthetic of masoo's remix.

On a more serious note, I heartily encourage you to think as critically about the Teletubbies as you would think about fascism. A long time ago, I wrote a short piece for Bad Subjects making an analogous point. Now I'm starting to see new directions for Teletubby Studies.

Like, have you ever pondered the show's retro vibe? There must be a reason why they live in a structure Buckminster Fuller would have approved of and are in the care of a robotic vacuum cleaner that conjures the futuristic visions of the mid-Twentieth Century. And then there's the anachronistic depiction of channels of distribution, with the Teletubbies picking up signals transmitted the old-fashioned way instead of through a cable or a satellite dish. Indeed, you could easily make the case that the show is designed to make its young devotees for a past that long preceded their birth, namely the Golden Age of Fordist media. Or you could just get higher than a kite and count rabbits

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slanderous From: slanderous Date: August 27th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I have never done acid, or any other hallucinogen, but I imagine if I had, I would've seen the Teletubbies. I feel high every time I watch that show for more than thirty seconds.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 27th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, well, that would be a good trip in my book. I have extremely fond memories of the show, since it allowed me to finish my dissertation while being caregiver to a one-year-old Monday through Friday. Even now, hearing the theme song floods me with "get-to-work" adrenalin. Come to think of it, Teletubby-Land is a lot like Hogwarts too. Hmmmm.
dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: August 27th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Have you ever listened to the folk song "Tinky Winky" by Charlie King?
slanderous From: slanderous Date: August 27th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Now I want to read interviews with the show's creators to get a sense of what they were thinking! Hmmm, maybe I should try watching it so I can get to work too....
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