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film may

one plus one

my first post youtube step towards moving image representation begins here with a bbc archive clip of jean-luc godard which is the item i was in the process of trying to upload when the whole thing changed for me. the first in my efforts to temper ubiquity with freedom. this wouldn’t actually have been particularly the first choice if i’d thought about it but circumstances have decided in its primary purpose and who am i to gainsay that? there is a revolutionary emphasis that fits here.

i will try to go back through all the old posts and substitute youtube embedding or links with pure video of a simple html code embedment. but this may take a while especially as i possibly don’t have any of the original any longer in which case some may have disappeared forever which is i always think more beautiful anyway.

there is a bit of the rolling stones but i’m not intending to make much of that it’s not very long. there’s an another annoying interpolation from george melly (see my post on pasolini’s medea which is one of those videos i’m talking about in the previous paragraph). it comes right at the start. godard is not one of my favourite film directors but i think you’ve got to respect him for what he gave to film style and also to the concept of film as dialectic.

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film fire

the people vs youtube

I’ve just deleted my entire youtube and google account which has wiped out some 7 or 8 years’ worth of work and a whole load of videos a lot of which had a lot of hits. Not that my own stuff was particularly popular, I didn’t have any video that I’d made which had more than 1,000 views. The most was about 890 or so. But some of the videos had thousands upon thousands of views and there was stuff that a lot of people appreciated over the years. It’s sad but youtube have pissed me off so much that I couldn’t take any more. I don’t know what this means, but sometimes it’s nice to be so destructive. Google has instantly wiped everything and within a few short minutes their search engine has eliminated the links that would have been there mere moments ago. Probably some other search engines will try to cling on to the past.

Basically it has become some sort of totaliarianism which relates to a lot of the ability to manipulate the masses which is the dark side of the world wide web, moving nearer and nearer to the concept of Big Brother whereby we are forced into conforming to the set pattern.

The only alternative I can contemplate at the moment is to gradually restore my videos within this blog screening the films myself. It won’t have the reach that the ubiquity of youtube has provided but it will be clean and more and more that becomes more important to me than the broader audience.