April 4, 2003 1:18 PM   Subscribe

Culture Jam- Windows Media file Great Fun. Culture Jamming. from Parasite.TV
posted by Niahmas (15 comments total)
10 Signs You’re on the Rampage

1. You shag so much that a forged “Hey before ya go, gimme your number… I’ll call ya!” isn’t even necessary, a firm handshake will do.

2. That itchy bump nestled in your pubes isn’t an ingrown hair…

3. You buy toothbrushes in bulk.

4. You stopped flossing figuring that with all the head you given those pubes must’ve done a good job already.

5. To maintain order you’ve devised a ticketing system, “Please be seated and your number will be called out shortly.”

6. You’ve installed a condom vending machine in your bathroom, hey, since you’re at it you might as well make a coupla bucks, right?
posted by Niahmas at 1:19 PM on April 4, 2003

somebody give these people a copy of Final Cut Express or something. They don't quite have Scorsese's extended shot without a cut technique down.
posted by mosch at 1:30 PM on April 4, 2003

Can one truly 'culture jam' within a proprietary Microsoft® Windows® format?
posted by The Jesse Helms at 1:37 PM on April 4, 2003

Good god - you might want to warn people that the file is a quarter of a gigabyte in size!
posted by jonson at 1:44 PM on April 4, 2003

You may want to warn people that it's pointless and boring, as well. Although the Ronald McDonald looked good.
posted by Ch33ky at 1:48 PM on April 4, 2003

jonson: it's only 22MB, not 250MB.
posted by jpoulos at 2:11 PM on April 4, 2003

Well this just plain sucked ass.
posted by Hall at 2:26 PM on April 4, 2003

When I think about culture jammers, and more specifically, when I think about stereotypes associated with culture jammers -- inarticulate twentysomethings who just got finished reading No Logo and Adbusters, making hamhanded exhibits of themselves that bear little to no impact on anything except their own level of amusement -- I think of these people. Do they think anyone privy to this stunt came away with a greater understanding of anything other than the ability of today's youth to act like utter beefheads?

And what was with the homeless guy at the end?
posted by Succa at 2:37 PM on April 4, 2003

he was the best part.
posted by dabitch at 2:53 PM on April 4, 2003

inarticulate twentysomethings

Exactly. What was the clear message? Vandalize the franchises of companies you don't like? Anti-sodomy laws in Texas, USA are wrong? McDonalds sells meat and dairy products and that's wrong? McDonalds underpays their global work force?

I have no idea what this group was "against" (or for?) -- I do know that they'll have make an actual case for or against *something* to convince anyone to change -- putting on a poorly acted skit in public just isn't going to cut it.
posted by stigg at 3:07 PM on April 4, 2003

This stunt no doubt has made a profound impact on the 4-5 people that witnessed it while dining in McDonald's.

The McEmployee makes a valid point near the end. I bet we see the same "protesters" eating there later that night when hunger strikes.
posted by FearTormento at 3:28 PM on April 4, 2003

What idiots. I love Adbusters, but for REAL reasons. It makes me think. And that's what these fucktwits should be doing- taking a more pro-active role rather than having the misguided 20-something version of a temper tantrum.

I bet their parents are real proud. And the girl holding the camera summed it all up.. people eat fast food out of lethargy and convenience. They should be picketing lazy people, not McDonalds.

Bah, makes anyone that ever wanted to go "against the system" look like a complete idiot. Ladies and Gentlemen, your revolution has reached Che status.
posted by shadow45 at 3:49 PM on April 4, 2003

My lord.
The sad thing is, these people think they are intelligent and "enlightened".
posted by Espoo2 at 4:17 PM on April 4, 2003

And just what gives these people the idea that they're going to do anything less "corporate" with their lives when they start working? (They're not going to become actors or film directors, that much I can tell you.)

If they really wanted to do something radical, they'd get a job at McDonald's for awhile and write a diary on the internet about their experiences; write about the customers, their co-workers, the food, the managers, the whole ball of wax. Believe it, there's a lot of material there to be gleaned - my wife worked at a McDonalds and experienced all sorts of things that would be grist for the radical mill. Her manager, for example, had the surveillance cameras hooked up to the internet so he could watch what his employees were doing when he was at home. This man also was known to cuss out 16 year old high school girls with the worst language possible, only because they were young and inexperienced and thought they had to take that kind of abuse to keep a job there. Not to mention a torrent of customers who were either abusive, or would come back after a couple of minutes to harangue the staff about not getting food that they had never ordered or paid for in the first place. Oh, and next time you take your kid into the nice little playroom with all the plastic balls on it, you should know that kids puke and whizz in there all the time and it only gets swabbed down weakly a couple of times a day by someone who probably isn't all that interested in doing a good job of it. You should also know, if you're thinking of getting a job there, that some managers will not let you watch them count the money in your cash register drawer - which means they can pocket a 10 or a 20 and put the blame on you. (Having worked at a convenience store and a motel for years I know from professional experience that this is NOT the way money should be handled.) There's just all sorts of stories and insights to be shared - but I suppose it's easier to literally act the clown and think up some shallow prank than it is to actually commit some time, thought and work into investigating the situation and communicating a reality that cannot be summarized carelessly on a placard.

Then again, perhaps these people are merely putting on a parody of protesters in an effort to discredit them. Somehow, I get the uncomfortable feeling they weren't.
posted by pyramid termite at 6:48 PM on April 4, 2003

Ahh radical leftists, lovely. [sighs]
posted by ZupanGOD at 2:46 PM on April 5, 2003

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