March 22, 2004

I was doing the Chelsea art crawl last weekend, and I saw a piece where this guy had drawn the covers of various magazines over the course of a year -- but the thing was, the year was 1986. And Time and Newsweek had cover stories about "Terror Fronts" and they could've had today's date on them and you wouldn't have looked twice. And I couldn't help think about how media makes us forget about the past -- and selectively remembers it for us when they have to begrudgingly roll back the tapes -- The Gulf War was like this, the 80s were like that. And the only things we're allowed to remember are TV shows and toys and bad videos thanks to VH1 and her templated, time-capsule programming.

Posted by elia at March 22, 2004 03:09 PM

See also: Walter Benjamin (German Marxist), "History deceptively transfigures the present."

Posted by: Kio on March 23, 2004 02:55 PM

Whoa. OK. Is that some comments in the age of mechanical reproduction, or did you just hit the submit button about 4 times?

Posted by: tmonkey on March 23, 2004 03:42 PM

MT does that sometimes. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Posted by: dbrown on March 23, 2004 04:16 PM
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