Video Mashups & Subvertising

Thinking back on the “good ol’ days” of the early 21st century when I lived in Chicago, and was witness some of the greatest independent creations / multimedia commentaries / videos / and zines of this century. The best series of all is the Select Media Festival, a collaborative project that included some incredibly provocative video mashups and animations in the direct aftermath of 9/11 and continues, each Fall.

Check out the hilariously unfortunate G.I. Joe PSA’s here.

Other goodies can be found there, as well as at Version Fest — which takes place April 19-May 6 in Chicago. Lumpen is ground zero for the classic free zine and is in some way or another connected to each of these events as is GNN, whose original Guerrilla News Network broadcasts brought shock and awe into the home with critical responses to the War on Terror (Ian Inaba, an early contributor to GNN, recently produced the acclaimed “American Blackout” and is one of three people behind the Video the Vote project.

Also worth checking out is this short clip in which John Ashcroft reveals a new policy to deal with Illegal aliens.

‘We’re in Jail, Dude’

Via BBC via Murdoch’s Sun a British tabloid. Surprising how long it took for this to break, but ol’ Rupes is just that kind of player.

The Sun newspaper says it has obtained the cockpit video at the centre of a row over the “friendly-fire” death of a British soldier in Iraq.

An inquest into the death of Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, 25, from Berks, was adjourned after the coroner said the tape was central to the case.

The MoD said it was classified “secret” by the US, so could not be released.

The Sun says the video shows US aircraft attacking a British convoy in Basra, southern Iraq, in March 2003.

The video is … weird.

Reuters’ take is here.

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Olbermann Breaks Down SOTU

I’ve been waiting for this since last week‘s godawful State of the Union address. Below, Keith Olbermann, whose masterfully produced “Nexus of Politics and Terror” report in 2005 debunked every single terror warning the U.S. has ever issued, last night deconstructed the SOTU (read text).

See also: The Onion: “White House Quietly Retracts Entire State of the Union Address,” What Bush Really Meant to Say, State of the Union TagCloud,

Even Andy Rooney hated it.

h/t JBrown.