Sampling

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This short web film, S-11 Redux, an entrant in the Sundance Online Film Festival, is worth looking at on several levels. From a copyright theory standpoint, it shows the importance of making products of mass culture available for all to “sample” toward the creation of new art.

On a content level, it is a “clever and cutting critique” of our response to 9/11 viewed through the lens of mass media. But as such it is rather ham-fisted, obvious, trite, and numbingly simplistic: our fight against international Islamist terrorism is a continuation of the Crusades, we are incapable of distinguishing between our war on terror from a war upon Islam, we must learn to love our enemies or destroy the earth.

However, if we allow ourselves to be destroyed by those who hate us, then what will have been accomplished? And if we allow our enemies to destroy us, they will be in charge – will the world be a better place then? There aren’t a whole lot of satirical films being made about the government in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, etc, etc right about now. Turning the other cheek is EXACTLY what led to 9/11 and the current crisis with Iraq.

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.