Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Niagara Falls reaction

Niagara Falls reaction

This is me visiting Niagra Falls, the other day. It’s a reaction shot in response to Ivor Tossell of the Globe and Mail, who thinks he’s caught the birth of a new meme. He traces the meme back to a young woman who filmed herself crying as she watched the trailer for Wall E. Here’s a variation of that meme. The reaction video is essentially a reworking of that dramatic effect in which we experience vicarious emotions. What’s interesting, and dare I say it postmodern, about this, is the way in which the stimulus for the reaction is erased. All we get is the reaction. Could you make a movie out of it? Well I guess not, but this meme is just made for the bite sized format of videosharing.

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