Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Here's to you, Turtle Boy

Fame is fleeting but this suburban Portland boy was destined for momentary greatness. During the Great Depression, Hollywood soothed the masses with glamorous Busby Berkeley extravaganzas. In World War II, the entertainment industry kept the home-fires burning with patriotic film and song, assuring us that in the end, we would prevail. The Vietnam War era fostered an independent and angry cinema with few happy endings.

Today it doesn't take much to placate us during war time. At least until the next 17-second YouTube phenomena is posted. After two million hits and numerous parodies, perhaps it's time we all moved on. Or not. Thanks Turtle Boy--you're a surreal little zombie and there's nothing wrong with that.

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