Ticklebooth Exhaustively Rounds Up 2007:

by Andy Cochrane on December 28, 2007 · 2 comments

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time-person-of-the-year-2006Ajit over at Ticklebooth has created his end of 2007 round up of the best videos on the ‘net, and it is so complete that rather than creating my own, lesser list, I’ll just send y’all his way. There’s a bunch on there that I completely agree with, a few that were new to me (there really is just too much to see on the web these days, isn’t there?), and a few that were/are not my favorites. But I will let the discerning minds that spend their time browsing these pages make their own decisions, so go now!

Oh and I know that the above image is the 2006 cover of TIME, but I feel like it is perhaps “You” who are the person of the new millennium, not just 2006. Everything is changing in media and entertainment, and we are all witness to an absolutely gigantic shift in the way that music and video are created and distributed. I was thinking recently about the fact that every generation before now has had something important happen- the industrial revolution, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Watergate, the 60’s the 70’s, the Cold War, the Space Race… global shifts that everyone was involved in and affected by. Until the rise of New Media in the past few years, we didn’t really have anything like that- the 80’s saw the rise of greed, the 90s were all about Generation X and apathy, Y2K was a bust, the Iraq war protesters have yet to really show up in any great numbers, etc. But now we are witness to a monumental shift, the end result of which is really not knowable. I am excited to see where things go in 2008, and more importantly the next decade- some giants will fall and new, younger giants will rise in their places. I say bring it on.

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    Leaving aside Ticklebooth’s excellent summation of the year in online media, I’m gonna have to take exception with the use of Time’s monumental cop-out Person of the Year gig. Let’s let The Beast sum it up:

    Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling to every scrap of bullshit you can find to support your ludicrous belief system, and reject all empirical evidence to the contrary. You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism — it’s nationalism when foreigners do it. You hate anyone who seems smarter than you. You care more about zygotes than actual people. You love to blame people for their misfortunes, even if it means screwing yourself over. You still think Republicans favor limited government. Your knowledge of politics and government are dwarfed by your concern for Britney Spears’ children. You think buying Chinese goods stimulates our economy. You think you’re going to get universal health care. You tolerate the phrase “enhanced interrogation techniques.” You think the government is actually trying to improve education. You think watching CNN makes you smarter. You think two parties is enough. You can’t spell. You think $9 trillion in debt is manageable. You believe in an afterlife for the sole reason that you don’t want to die. You think lowering taxes raises revenue. You think the economy’s doing well. You’re an idiot.

    Exhibit A: You couldn’t get enough Anna Nicole Smith coverage.

    Sentence: A gradual decline into abject poverty as you continue to vote against your own self-interest. Death by an easily treated disorder that your health insurance doesn’t cover. You deserve it, chump.

    In your face, You.

  • http://www.theavclub.tv Andy Cochrane

    while i 100% agree with every word of that rant, i bring to the table exhibit b:

    the new media revolution is global, and while 99% of america is toiletbound (barring a miracle), the changes that i speak of are worldwide in reach.

    even in china, which lies behind the great firewall, and in iran and several others who have similarly isolated themselves, the massive democratic distribution network of the internet is having a powerful impact. the biggest thing that “you” have done this year (and really since around 2004) is to make news reporting something that anyone can and will do.

    “blogging” used to be an annoying buzzword for worthless personal journals, but now there are bloggers (i would call them internet journalists or something like that) with as much power as a “real” news outlet. the huffington post and the daily kos come to mind, but there are literally hundreds now. the term “blog” is inaccurate now, and no longer accurately describes what is going on. transbuddha is not engadget, neither is it boingboing, nor the huffington post, nor the av club blog, nor are they a livejournal or myspace personal blog… so why are they all technically still called blogs?!? i would argue, honestly, that it is because old media is actively trying to minimize the importance of what is happening. but i say its not up to them, its up to us.

    i am going to stop there, because i feel a post coming on, and i’ll jsut write that instead of this :). why did i turn into andy rooney all of a sudden?

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