links for 2007-08-14

Extreme Archaeology TV Mash-Up Video

This is just pretty damn funny. Or in my case, screamingly hilarious. Especially if you have ever watched Digging for the Truth. It’s EXTREME!

Extreme Archaeology TV Mash-Up Video
Please view our five minute film, a parody director’s commentary for the archaeology reality television program Digging for the Truth. Two real archaeologists pretend to be the archaeologist and television producer working on the program. In these part-fact, part-fiction roles, the two parody the extreme archaeological adventures of the television host, Josh Bernstein. Fan propelled parachutes, cliff rappelling, outdoor fashion, and wilderness wifi internet research are comically explained as legitimate and necessary archaeological methods. In the process, television industries transform the methods of archaeology into extreme sports for televisual and economic gains. Through this performance, satirical commentary isolates the industrial televisual exaggeration of archaeological methods.

What these non-fiction performers cheekily call science is what media theorists call spectacle and is what the television industries need to entertain audiences. The performance begs the question: how can satire and parody be used to exhibit the findings of media archaeology?

The video can be viewed and embedded html acquired at this address:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2151003492809801090

Yours,
Adam Fish
UCLA: Cinema and Media
adamfish@ucla.edu

Brad Garrett M.A.
International Centre for Archaeology Underwater
brad@archaeologyunderwater.com

This came in via the WAC mailing list.

(Now where did I leave my jet pack…?)