Mixing video mashups in the days before YouTube | The Verge

The Jonathan McIntosh collection includes a number of gems definitely worth checking out.  I haven’t heard EBN in years, but I remember the missing VHS tape I had fondly.

Social media may make it easier than ever to create and share a video mashup, but that doesn’t mean it invented the idea. Jonathan McIntosh has put together a collection of remixed videos from the pre-YouTube era, when viral popularity meant copying someone a VHS tape. The thirty videos all share a few common traits: subversive content, DIY production, and reappropriated source material. The earliest dates from 1941 and uses editing tricks to make marching Nazi soldiers appear to be performing a popular British dance of the time. Other highlights include Ronald and Nancy Reagan advocating illegal drugs in an address to the nation, a nightmarish mix of Winnie the Pooh and Apocalypse Now, and Sesame Street characters protesting police brutality to an NWA soundtrack.

Nancy Reagan does look remarkably stoned in this video.

via Mixing video mashups in the days before YouTube | The Verge.

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