I am MP:me. I use my laptop?s tiny camera, imovie, and YouTube to make and network small, ?bad? videos as part of my femi-digi-praxis. In this attempt, I?m out seeking productive fake docs on YouTube. Care to help me?
In my book, F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth?s Undoing(which I edited with Jesse Lerner) I define the fake documentary as?fiction films that make use of (copy, mock, mimic, gimmick)documentary style and therefore acquire its associated content (themoral and social) and associated feelings (belief, trust, authenticity)to create a documentary experience defined by their antithesis,self-conscious distance.? Perhaps you?ve noticed, but such thingslitter, no really define, video on YouTube. Once the fake to acertainly dicey but notable real, on YouTube fake docs are the real toa decidedly disappeared belief, trust and authenticity. YouTube isdominated by mimicky gimmicks, glib repetitions, fake takes on thealready untrue. So many media morsels gleefully winking at their nearmirror image; so many video bloggers tipping their hats to theirmultiple fabricated selves. That?s the funny and fake vernacular ofYouTube: this sincere attempt at academic discourse and communicationwithstanding. Hey: you try to be earnest, genuine, yourself, in thissea of irony. Believe me, no one will trust its really you?
Now, the productive fake doc is another story. In the book weincluded 15 chapters on the sub-genre. But look as I may, I can?t find?em on YouTube. I defined productive fake docs ?as those thatself-consciously and directly engage with history, identity and truthin a political and formal project that links and unlinks power to theact of recording the visible world and to the documentary recordproduced.? This is where you come in.
I?ve been invited to give some talks in early 2009 about shifting media boundaries?fake/real, documentary/art?andI know that this must be happening on YouTube. Everything does. But whygo it alone?solo pundit braving it in the video wilds?when what I studyis famously based upon the new structures of collective intelligence,the wisdom of crowds, and the out-sourcing of labor in the name of fun.
Will you send me your favorite productive fake doc and participatein the play (here, on YouTube or Facebook)? Share with me a link andmake sure to add a comment if you want to convince me. And I?ll need itby early January to make the cut. If I like what I see and also whatyou say, I?ll include you in my glamorous upcoming talks in Iowa or atCAA. I promise.
Oh. Also: Could you pass this on? Network it? Can I trust you? Useyou? I don?t know where this project will end. But you can certainlyfollow me on-line as I attempt my productive fake quest through ourcontemporary video m