Tonight’s show was probably 87% mediascape. Get used to that word. I’m going to be using it a lot.
This show was mainly inspired by some consumer inanity I’ve been running into on the web, most specifically an especially moronic car commercial that played during the Superbowl (no. I didn’t watch the Superbowl, nor engage in the coprophilic ritual of its commercials, but did see it on the web later), a meme on YouTube of materialistic people unboxing the latest shiny objet du jour or people’s shopping ‘haul‘ videos.
It was also a chance to revisit a mediascape (that word again) I created a while back utilizing David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and the score of the same movie by Howard Shore. If you haven’t seen Videodrome, you really must. It’s a disturbing, yet prescient look at virtual reality, addiction and sexual transgression (metaphorically) using TV as the device, since computers and the internet hadn’t quite moved into the mainstream meme-o-sphere yet.
Plus the fact that it’s an 80’s movie and was frequently in seedy video rental stores makes the movie seem almost like a creepy movie within a creepy movie.
Rumor has it that Videodrome is going to be remade. There’s a high likelihood of it being horrible, but who knows?
Some sources for Consumopocalypse:
Abercrombie & Fitch Girl Haul Video (sad, inane)
Man’s Last Stand (Dodge Charger) (infantile. Man as king baby. Idiotic. Why marketing people are scum. Parodies abound)
A few ‘unboxing‘ videos (Apple, Android phone)
Chumbawamba’s Dumbing Down, from the album WYSIWYG