“Turbo Time” is a new YouTube show created by Mike Diva for Bammo. Bammo is a professional YouTube channel created by the media company Big Frame, an official partner of YouTube’s Original Channel programming initiative. Google is funding the Original Channels and the goal of this program is to innovate new media entertainment.
Initial reactions from many YouTube members involved confusion, anger related to said confusion, and attempts to express this rage by smashing their hands onto their keyboard. Many comments served only to (a) broadcast the author’s horrifying lack of reading comprehension skills and (b) further reinforce the beliefs of childfree people. Here are some of my thoughts on this video:
To those who gave “Turbo Time” a thumbs up: Thank you. You get it. You understand what this video represents.
To those who gave “Turbo Time” a thumbs down: Here’s the deal – Google gave money to YouTube in hopes of innovating and revolutionizing new media. No, “Turbo Time” isn’t safe, user-friendly, or easily accessible. On the other hand, it’s irreverent, experimental, shocking, and smart. Regardless of whether you enjoyed it, you should (at the very least) appreciate what it represents in the grand scheme of new media and the future of entertainment.
Shows like “Turbo Time” are important milestones and bravely pioneering the next evolution of YouTube as we know it. The creators of these shows are trying something different and new. Unfortunately, part of their contribution to the long-term evolution of new media includes enduring confusion-fueled ridicule from shortsighted basement dwellers, few of which actually produce their own content.
Now look up the following words: homage, parody, and satire. There’s a huge difference between “ripping off” and creating work within a specific art style. “Turbo Time” is indeed surreal, but it’s also unique and progressive. Hopefully, shows like this will inspire other artists and benefit maturing new media realms like YouTube.
This issue goes far beyond “Turbo Time.” The confused, angry, and mostly asinine responses to Mike Diva’s latest project are cultural red flags, indicative of a bigger problem. Novelty and change are threatening to some people and, often, those who (a) feel threatened and (b) base their actions upon that threatened reaction are simply revealing their ignorance.
Rejection and angry dismissal of artistic evolution is nothing new, though. From a purely artistic angle, consider composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and his iconic opera “Tristan und Isolde.” Audiences criticized the novelty, complexity, and unabashed humanity of the opera’s story and performance style. A music critic said this about Wagner’s work: “[It] reminds one of the old Italian painting of a martyr whose intestines are slowly unwound from his body on a reel.” Today, “Tristan und Isolde” is considered one of the most revolutionary, influential, and important contributions to western classical music.
YouTube users are unbelievably lucky to have what many artists throughout the centuries long dreamed of – access to creative resources (especially technology) and a global platform upon which to showcase their work. However, a cultural eclipse is intruding upon the spotlight for new media’s evolution. The immediate rejection and anti-intellectual dismissal of shows like “Turbo Time” (for daring to present something different and challenging) is a frightening glimpse into the possible future of new media.
How will artists thrive in this virtual realm when the surrounding community deems their cultural currency as worthless? How long can such an unprecedented and advanced resource for the artistic community be overlooked and misunderstood? What encouragement or incentives can we offer artists to continue creating a progressive foundation for this new landscape?
Philosopher Seneca the Younger (4 BC-65 AD) once wrote, “Non est ad astra mollis e terris via / There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.” I hope the ignorant reactions to “Turbo Time” are merely a precursor to greater creativity and appreciation. However, when the majority consistently produces and consumes pop culture sewage like “Skating With Celebrities” over “Arrested Development,” is it naive to hope that society is still capable of being enriched and inspired by art and entertainment (and vice versa)? I could go on forever about this subject, but I’m going to stop here before my decency filter wears off.
TL;DR: Being dumb is easy. Being smart is hard. Maturation is painful. But evolution is good. Make art.
I got sick around Christmas and stupidly neglected myself, thinking it was just the annual “winter” plague that sweeps through LA. Plus, my silly belief that I’m an indomitable viking queen is sometimes wrong. I finally went to the doctor ~ it turns out I have some crazy bronchial & sinus infection. Also, I may have a previously overlooked allergy that would warrant monthly shots. Yes, you heard me ~ shots. Every month. The stabby kind, not the ridiculous kind.
Anyhoo…the silver lining is that I’m now on a regimen of steroids. This delights me to no end. I asked my doctor if I would get roid rage. He said no, but agreed it would be amazing to get mad, flip a table, & blame it on the juice. I love my doctor.
On a brighter, far less plague-y note, I recently acquired more ridiculous antique furniture at an estate sale I attended between coughing spells. My favorite decor styles are Rococo, Shabby Chic, and French Whore House. Feast your eyes upon my sextastical finds:
These nuggets of joy will go splendidly with my leopard print fainting couch. When I get better, it’s time for a yard sale ~ I need more room for gaudy things to faint upon while wearing 1980’s prom dresses. In the meantime, my kitty cat Pixie-Belle Brimley Von Snowdrop has been taking excellent care of me. Smushiness is always the best medicine.
Ooh la la, I got a fancy new IPhone ~ yay! The only issue I’ve encountered so far is Siri, the voice activated assistant function. My only request has been for Siri to call me “Your Imperial Majesty & Serene Sexiness Princess Kitty Sparkle.” She has refused and I’m now suspicious to use the IPhone GPS app in case Siri spitefully instructs me to drive into the LA river. Maybe I’ll ask her to call herself “Skynet“.
Huzzah! The second episode of “Fresh Hell,” Brent Spiner‘s new web series, is now available on the official “Fresh Hell” YouTube channel! I play the role of Dakota, Brent’s wannabe actress neighbor who is sweet but misguided. Here’s episode #2, “The Actress Next Door”: