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(#18 of 27, revisiting “Generic Brand Video: In less than 3 minutes, every global corporate t.v. ad“)
Still funny, still true:
…and here’s another one spoofing a closely related genre of commercial:
(Oh, and someone ought to do a parody of the last 15 seconds of YouTube videos where the authors beg for clicks and follows. Enough of that already, College Humor.)
Gotta love the high quality, well crafted meta-humor. Also, it serves a useful purpose: cultural advancement.
Parody Improves Art
Great parody demolishes a clichéd genre, forcing it to evolve or die off.
For example, the Austin Powers movie series merciless tore apart a set of classic James Bond tropes and ultimately superseded them in popular imagination. That in turn contributed to a great deal of pivoting and now potential re-invention within the James Bond franchise. A well done lampoon can reinvigorate a classic.
As discussed previously (“Keeping it Fresh: Why Variety and Novelty Matter in Education, Instructional Design, Leadership Development, and More“) for art to remain relevant, it must periodically shed some of its formulaic tendencies. Biting satire provides an acid to dissolve longstanding decrepitude.
However, none of this improvement can happen until the makers of the art — or carriers of the culture — decide to self-criticize and improve.
Note too that parody is effective precisely because it is playful — or even better, when it’s done with a nod of admiration.
Criticism is most easily heard when it is delivered from a place of affection. With just a bit of warmth and flair, the satirist can aid their subject, if their subject is willing to listen.
(#17 of 27, re-blogging)
Note: Just to clarify the statement below, by “kinda” I meant “mostly but not entirely” — that was my point. But perhaps that just muddles things even more.
(#13 of 27) — Re-blogged this list of 14 favorite songs related to the theme of change, adding a couple of strummin’ good tracks.
Let’s call this the Classic Guitar Hero Supplement:
#15) Eric Clapton, “Change the World”
…where he sings to his Beloved, over silky chord sweetness. Clapton is a worthy heir in the lineage of Robert Johnson. Perhaps the ‘queen’ he refers to here is none other than the Blues tradition itself.
If i could be king Even for a day I'd take you as my queen I'd have it no other way
#16) Bob Dylan, “Things Have Changed”
Alternate title for this song is, “Alienated Aging Rockstar Gives In to Midlife Resignation.” Get a grip, Bob. (…but we love you anyway.)
People are crazy, times are strange I'm locked in tight, I'm outta range I used to care, but things have changed
The idea of Change is a complex topic, with many different “takes,” as you’ll see from the list of songs (with lyrical excerpts) below — about 56 minutes of total listening time if you decide to play ’em all.
When selecting music to play during a training session, I typically use instrumental music, as it adds energy to the session without competing with participant dialogue — both the inner dialogue within individuals and the outer dialogue between individuals.
However, there are times — given the right mix of audience, program and activity — where I’ll play lyrical music, for example popular songs from the radio, or genres of music from the “golden years” (late teens / early twenties) of the group that I’m facilitating.
Some genres — e.g. funk — seem to more easily cross generations of workshop participants, but an even nicer “common denominator” is when I can weave-in a series of songs…
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