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Digital Video Detournement

After citing William S. Burroughs's dictum that paranoids are realists, the longest of these six videos on media, Richard Pell's Don't Call Me Crazy on the 4th of July, presents the late Bob Lansberry, a Pittsburgh conspiracy theorist who believed the government was practicing mind control. Pell substantiates Lansberry's claims with evidence of LSD experiments and wartime media manipulation; Lansberry (seen wearing a “Mayor Murphy Stinks” sign) could have been both nuts and right. Electrodist's intermittently effective Alice in Wonderland, or Who Is Guy Debord? pairs footage from the Disney cartoon with an alternate sound track; Alice's quest for the help of philosopher Guy Debord (The Society of the Spectacle) is punctuated by an assaultive TV montage that includes Bush's aircraft-carrier landing. Also on the program: Knowing Was Half the Battle by Eric Fensler, Rocked by Rape by Evolution Control Committee, TV Cell Phone by Dave Foss, and Strategic Cyber Defense by Daracq Kuracqwold. 80 min.

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