PRINT December 2010


Cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore.

THIS YEAR we watched even more television at work, usually in the form of YouTube clips—if we weren’t streaming entire episodes on Netflix, Hulu, or sites operated by the networks themselves. Such moments of pseudosabotage of the traditional working day now merge seamlessly with that other engine of post-Fordist productivity: gossip. “Did you see Tina Fey’s ‘Brownie Husband’ sketch on SNL last night? Here, watch!” Or, “Did you hear Jeffrey Deitch got trampled at his own opening? Check it out!” TV is a weaker, less concentrated, and at the same time more dispersed and omnipresent signal than it was back in 1983, when Mike Kelley made a performance video based on memories of his grade school classmates’ gossip about a Captain Kangaroo character the kids were all obsessed with. Kelley never actually saw any of the Banana Man episodes, only experienced them vicariously as school-bus

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