More '80s Flashbacks

David just alerted me to this series of enjoyable video essays about the summers of '84 and '89 over at L Magazine. I don't completely agree with the history here--wasn't cable TV more of a promise than a reality circa '84? What can't be read as a symptom (or response) to Reagan-era optimism?--but the idea of music video editing having a profound effect on movie-making/viewing is one that demands exploration. Music videos were such a vital, unique art form for a brief spell, and I'm curious how it will evolve as MTV slides toward obsolescence, and production software becomes cheaper and more readily available.

Until then, we will always have this guy (via Oliver):

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.

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