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For this installment of General Web Content, our monthly series spotlighting cultural developments on the web, we visit one sub-genre of the mashup, the re-cut trailer. These short clips spoof the original storyline of the film, thus Sleepless In Seattle becomes a horror movie in which Meg Ryan comes to Seattle to terrorize Tom Hanks and his son, and The Ring becomes a romantic drama. These videos started bubbling up in a big way after The Shining re-cut trailer hit in 2005, and as a result of easy access to video editing suites, there are tons of 'em all over the web. See below for a few choice selections, please post your favorites in the comments section.







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Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (2009) - Jon Rafman

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To schedule a free guided tour of Second Life contact: koolaidmaninsecondlife [at] gmail [dot] com


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Ancient Computing (2001) - Paper Rad

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http://you-talking-to-me.com/ (2009) - JODI

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Kanye Vision Bookmarklet (2009) - Evan Roth and Tobias Leingruber

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VIEW THE INTERNET THE WAY KANYE SEES IT.

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SCREENCAST: HOW-TO ADD KANYE VISION

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(This project is part of F.A.T. Lab's Kanye Webst Week where they will post "Kanye-West-Web-2.0 related original content" daily until May 17th.)

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ringtone (free) (2009) - Daniel Luphoa Chew

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FOR 2009, IDEA SUBSCRIPTION__ (2009) - David Horvitz

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David Horvitz’s For 2009, Idea Subscription__ (2009) is an email-based subscription list and tumblr blog of “open source” ideas for art projects, updated on an almost daily basis. Readers are encouraged to, “…realize, change, steal (you can't steal something that is free!), publish, claim as your own, destroy, become influenced by (either because you like them, or because you hate them so much that they give you better ideas), appropriate, spray paint, or anything else with them.” The ideas are all whimsical and offbeat, such as leaving a pile of flour outside one’s door for visitors to step in and photographing the resulting tracks (April 4th) to flying a kite in an area with dense advertising, such as Times Square, in order to serve as a distraction (March 13th). One of the ideas, dating from April 7th, has taken on a life of its own. Horvitz suggests that readers take photographs of their head in a freezer and upload it online using the tag “241543903”. There is now a dedicated site for these images at 241543903.com as well as a flickr group, while a quick flickr search results in at least 80 photographs of people with their heads in a freezer. The emerging popularity of 241543903 is additional proof (as if any is needed) to support Cory Arcangel's statement from the March 2009 issue of Artforum that, "...you can put anything up on the Internet and there will be five people who want it, no matter how weird or obscure the information. The niche exists: someone’s going to find you, period."

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Image: 241543903 from flickr user hubs

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Image: 241543903 from flickr user hugotsantos

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Image: 241543903 from flickr user .y.a.r.a.

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This ongoing series explores significant developments on the internet, like this new hot thing called twitter that everyone's been talking about. We've culled the, uh, "twitterverse" to bring you some of the more curious and unique accounts out there (plus a few entertaining twitter spin-offs). Feel free to add links or suggestions in the comments section.

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Twitter feed created using the "Tweeting RFID Cat Door". Description from the site Tweeting Cat Door:

Each cat has a small RFID tag on the collar. When a cat is in the close proximity of the door, a small RFID reader reads the tag and if the cat is authorized, a servo will unlock the cat door. The RFID reader and the servo controller are connected to an old laptop. The software on the laptop is written in Delphi and for each "cat door event" is sending a Twitter message and a picture to twitter.com.



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Twitter feed of injuries by Petra Cortright.



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The unofficial Denton Mugshot twitter for Denton, Texas. Programmed by a UNT art photography student, drawing attention to how much public info we put online.



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The Twittering office chair "tweets" (posts a Twitter update) upon the detection of natural gas such as that produced by human flatulence.



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The twitter feed from "On Kawara"



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Faces made with unicode



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Documentation of documentation from vvork (not affiliated with vvork.com), started by Guthrie Lonergan, managed by Tom Moody.



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A List Of Every NBA Player On Twitter



Twitter, etc.



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Were you on twitter before Ashton Kutcher? Find out here.



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Twetris uses the twitter timeline to create blocks for a tetris game.

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IM AFRAID PEOPLE WILL STEAL MY IDEAS (2009) - Jordan Rhoat

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Google Alphabet; 11/13/08 - Max Kotelchuck

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