Remixed Movie Trailers
| Peter Klein |
As I noted in my review of Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks, I think that Web 2.0 enthusiasts tend to overstate the novelty of “user-generated content.” It’s true that the costs of creating and disseminating movies, music, and even the written word have, in many settings, fallen dramatically (look at blogging, for goodness’ sake). On the other hand, as Paul Cantor, Tyler Cowen, and others have pointed out, commercial culture has always been, in an important sense, consumer culture. Benkler tends to portray twentieth-century consumers as passive recipients of culture, easily manipulated by Hollywood and Madison Avenue. Yet individuals have always played an active role in shaping the plays, books, songs, and shows made available to them, in their decisions to buy or not to buy, to patronize or not to patronize, to support or reject particular artistic producers and particular products.
Having said this, I do enjoy clever bits of user-generated content. For instance, check out this trailer for Sleepless in Seattle — number 5 on this list of The 20 Worst Chick Flicks of All Time — remixed as a horror movie. It reminds me of the brilliant Brokeback to the Future trailer from a couple of years back.