I used to know the name of this song but have forgotten it. (Something like “Ya-ba-nee-jay,” I think.) Anyone? (The Nairobi Trio are from the Ernie Kovacs Show, an early pioneer of absurdist TV humor) (Link via Urbaniak)
This post yesterday got nothing but confusion. It was, perhaps, an attempt on my part to track the Venn diagram of internet memes. Lonelygirl15 is the most famous person on the internet right now, and has been written up–nay endlessless speculated about and dissected–in the New York Times, the LA Times, Newsday, Business Week, etc etc etc. The excitement comes from the idea that a lonely (!!!) sheltered, home-schooled teenaged girl is sending out these videos to the world. Of course she just happens to be incredibly cute and have no fears about having her video editing whiz friend blog her in her swimwear. Joystiq says it’s all part of some ARG (alternate reality game) and I agree. I know I am out of touch with today’s young emerging YouTube/iMovie Spielbergs, but after one minute of watching one lonelygirl15 video, I thought it was as phony as all get out.
OTOH, last night I was talking to some pals, and we compared an event from our past as “something out of a sitcom.”
“Nowadays it would be a reality show,” someone else said.
Considering the fact that “reality shows” are scripted and posed like everything else on TV, it seems that Being There and The Truman Show are now documentaries.
Real or fake, lonelygirl15 helps blur the line; but the line isn’t what’s real or fake, but rather what we WANT to be real and what we WANT to be fake.