Searching for MTV
This weekend I read and enjoyed this '94 New Yorker essay by John Seabrook about what working at MTV felt like. I’ve been thinking about music videos — both the form and how we consume them — basically since read I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Oral History of the Music Video Revolution by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum last summer. The music video is alive and well but the means of distribution are just as rocky and uncertain as they’ve ever been, and I’m delusional but convinced a truly great music video channel will rise from the ashes like a Phoenix sooner or later. (No, Diddy’s Revolt is not our savior.) Until then, I want to read more about MTV, particularly that late 80s-early 90s golden period, but I have no idea where to look. Preferably old magazine profiles like the Seabrook essay. Any help?
What are some cool things to do in the summer after you break both arms?
"Walt Whitman, quite famously, wrote about this feeling of conflicted selfhood: ‘I am large, I contain multitudes.’ Meek Mill, less famously, also alluded to this when he said: ‘There are levels to this shit.’"
Blobby: now online for your viewing pleasure.
My goal with this film was mostly to make people feel something. The question of why I made the end so sad has come up a few times in showing this film to others. The best answer I can give is that I enjoy telling stories that are a little bit tragic, because let’s face it, life is a little tragic. Too often films, especially animations, are cute and happy and wholly one dimensional.
I like making animations that are a bit darker. Maybe I’m a little sadistic. I want to make people feel a little bit sad, but I also want to make them laugh, and maybe evoke an “awww” or two. All in the span of two minutes and seven seconds.
So watch my film, feel some feels.
My friend Laura makes wonderful animations and she showed me this over the weekend and I nearly cried. You should watch it. It’s good.
That lasted long.
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