Rip In Pieces America

Dominic Gaguou

Canada/USA 2009, 62 minutes.

Viewers who like to see American culture, society or politics as the epitome of Western folly, might be delighted to know that they have their peers posted in front of their web-cams in basement after basement over there.

There aren’t too many reasons to be cheerful, according to these short proclamations, directed at who knows out there. Here are a few excerpts: “You don’t get what’s going on, do you?” one of them scolds us: “You’re too wrapped up in your soap operas, and…” Disgruntled citizens having a go at mainstream entertainment are always welcome. And? There’s not too much analysis to follow alas, but a hint of looming disaster: “You have no idea of what’s coming.” Another man in despair: “Why is it that everybody’s so fucking ignorant? Looking at everybody else’s faults, as if they’re perfect, when they’re not?”

There’s a lesson here we could all take to heart. Plain and simple: this fellow spent a few minutes of his life posing the questions in his heart of hearts – to Web-world. Why, indeed? Another one: “I’m just saying it’s going to get very ugly very soon.” And another one: “the Illuminati runs the whole gang system in America.” And then the Disco King. This is getting interesting. This compilation may still turn out to be an illustration of the web’s potential as a forum for the much bemoaned voices that seldom gain admittance to the public domain.

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