Here’s the good news about the Indian elections: it looks like about 65% of this country is going to come out and vote. That’s about 650 million people. That’s more than the combined populations of the three countries I visited last month (I think). Here’s the bad news: Varun Gandhi, Mallika Sarabhai, Meera Sanyal and a host of other seemingly inept people are running in the elections but Dr. KC (see below) is not.
Just when the heart swells with pride at what an Indian is doing with YouTube, Sasha Frere-Jones points us to a random Jewish school dropout who lives in a village called Zichron Yarov. They don’t even have a music store there. Under these circumstances, he does what most people would do. Download music for free somewhat manically. While this generally leads to the downloader turning into what nitpickers and the recording industry calls pirates, Kutiman proves he is something of a genius. He downloaded hundreds of YouTube videos of and then spliced them together. So one song leads into another song to create a new song. The results are fantastic and great fun. See Thru-you.com to figure out what I’m explaining very badly (if I wasn’t supposedly writing a book, I might have had the time to work on improving the phrasing of this post) and definitely see the 8th video. In the battle of ironic cool versus seriously cool, seriously cool wins hands down. Sorry Dr. KC.