Thursday, September 17, 2009

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

I found this video thanks to Double Rainbows (thank you!). It is both a farce and very serious - much like the man himself. Werner talks about what he sees as the dissolution of human culture, society, and the environment amongst other things. There are some important ideas being articulated here about keeping up the fight against Capitalist culture, and maintaining human imagination and creativity in this new world of hyper-mediazation.

"If you switch on television it's just ridiculous and its destructive. It kills us. And talk shows will kill us. They kill our language. So we have to declare holy war against what we see every single day on television. Commercials and – I think there should be real war against commercials, real war against talk shows, real war against "Bonanza" and "Rawhide", or all these things."

I also listened to this terrific lecture given by Werner in 2007 posted by the Slought Foundation (link via Lined & Unlined - thanks!). It made me think of one "word" in particular which I seriously had to look up the other day when someone used it in a blog post (don't ask). "lmao". Big Time. Check it out! We need more Werners out there keeping things alive.


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