The Video of Our Moment – This is America

Childish Gambino – This Is America (Official Video)

“Call me maybe,” this isn’t.

Or is it?


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  1. so I’ve been listening to a lot of music, got a turntable and went through to my entire vinyl jazz collection, lots of cd’s pre brain injury, lots of stuff Karen got post BI, plus classical, electronic and general strangeness, bought a bunch of new cd’s, and I’m still not really getting rap and hip hop. I can appreciate, even admire some of it (my daughter was especially taken by my description of Notorious BIG as the Chaucer of rap), but just not feeling it. So TIA falls in that category of appreciating, even admiring, but the CMM sendup is pretty dumb.

    In any event hope you’re well and ready to resume posting.

    regards – bob

    • Don’t know whether I’ll start blogging again, or why exactly this video led me to post again after such a long hiatus.

      Not sure why you would or wouldn’t get rap/hip-hop, but this video is as much a movie, a little piece of Gesamtkunstwerk. That it’s to me the video of our moment doesn’t mean it’s a good or enjoyable video, necessarily, but I think it probably is. I threw in the CMM mash-up because within a couple of days of my offhand remark, the thing was coming in over the twitter transom.

      These two pieces might help you get why if not necessarily get it.

      Wired: https://t.co/SvDgglha6e

      New Yorker: https://t.co/LEQeSatCY0

      • btw I didn’t get the confirmation email and it wasn’t in spam. also my icon didn’t show up here so if you do restart blogging cld be worth fixing, otherwise just random glitches between the nets.

        • You filled out your email address as a “mail.com” not “gmail.com.” I edited the comment just above, and it’s now showing the gravatar associated with the latter, if that’s what you mean.

          Could also explain not receiving notification emails. However, I might switch to a new tool for those anyway, if I decide to take up blogging again.

          There’s certainly no shortage of material out there, but a lot of it is just the same old sloppy thinking.

          Some philosophy teacher on Twitter said he told his new students that he could teach them to win arguments for all the rest of their lives, with the only downside being that no one would ever know.

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