Posted by: Si Fraser
12:07pm / Jul 13, 2010
I have enjoyed this series quite a bit, I liked the intimacy of one voice and one person daily life being paneled up in this way.

If I may be critical for a moment , I do feel that this last one , while the most ambitious, is also the most flawed. The photo-bio-essay approach used in the shorter pieces becomes strained with the larger social and economic ideas that Rushkoff is talking about. Yes he's a smart guy, but looking at his head is not enough in itself. In fairness it's a VERY difficult thing to do. The closest analog I can think of would be the financial documentary films or TV series 'ENRON: The smartest guys in the room ' or Nial Ferguson's 'The Ascent of Money' which both sought to explain big ideas and ended up with a kind of freeform visual collage that was near total abstraction at points. Now sometimes that's the documentary equivalent of a screensaver, meaningless aesthetics to keep the eyes busy while the mind processes an idea, but at best it added humanity and context to the sometimes dry supertext. I felt that your essay could have used imagery as direct illustration, pictorial counterpoint or even ironic commentary and humour much more than it did. While this piece was a portrait of Rushkoff and his ideas, the final piece is a Kushner and I would have liked to have seen more of your voice.

I say this with respect as I do feel that this series has been a very interesting and largely successful experiment.