Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I have to say that I love YouTube's distributed approach to political visual rhetoric and dread its impending Googlization. This YouTube video, now flagged as offensive to some, was widely broadcast on Spanish TV. It purports to show anti-poverty activists breaking into the presidential palace and swiping President Zapatero's designated chair.

Experts on presidential furnishings, architectural facades, and video editing now dispute its authenticity. But it has since nonetheless inspired several remixes, including this one. It turns out that an economics official and a UN group were also in on the prank, which you can read about on their blog. (Story via Houtlust.)

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