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Art, Gadget or Adget?

Gadgets! Who doesn’t like gadgets? TPV adores them. TPV is a gadget. We are making the world smaller and more familiar to our readers. Think in terms of Marquel. His writings decipher all New York Times intricacies. Because he does not pontificate, like the Times.  Marquel creates Marquelisms and you all await them daily.

TV shows!  Shows for gadgets done by gadgets. Or perhaps gadgets’ replacements?  Adgets (art by & for gadgets)? Didn’t Marshall McLuhan allude to that, when he called television a gadget? [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXJ8tKRlW3E[/embedyt](Who’s McLuhan? Here’s his cameo in Annie Hall.)

But what about My Little Pony? A made-for-TV show? Assuming that you are not a fan, we give you a taste of it: [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iwBHI3r4lE[/embedyt]

More recently you can see all these made-for-gadget shows digitally. Are they dadgets (digital art gadgets)?  And if originally made for 5-year old or older girls and boys, what do they become when the military, military bronies, embrace them? (What’s a ‘military brony’? A ‘bro-pony’.)  [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZdeMGFKFMk[/embedyt]

What would McLuhan say about My Little Pony? Who knows? Maybe he would point out to the obvious that the cartoons seem to be populated with musically inclined ponies who sometimes are friendly and sometimes are not? But surely we can come up with such descriptive identifiers about our own involvement with these ponies:

  • Indulgence.
  • Over-indulgence.
  • Dulling perception and expectation.
  • Military strategy.

Have we missed anything?

Ah, co-author Claira Thomson points out that perhaps being bemused is the only way to make sense of it all, be it art, gadgets or adgets. And there are teens who seem bemused by all this: [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzozSSGETJo[/embedyt]

After all, Fellini was a bit indulgent himself, and Giulietta Masina, like her partner in La StradaAnthony Quinn, too melodramatic, if that’s possible in Fellini‘s world. And I loved it. Especially when I got out of the movie theater and was able to tell myself:

Another Fellini movie. What’s next on the to-do list for tomorrow?





  1. I remember the bit with McLuhan. I’m not entirely sure, but I think I saw that movie in the theater where they were waiting in line. Or maybe that was part of the scene and I mixed it up in my memory – maybe I should run for president.

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