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):