Friday, May 09, 2008

Young American Bodies

I've just finished watching the two seasons (so far) of Young American Bodies, a short-form Internet TV show by Joe Swanberg (director of Kissing on the Mouth, LOL, and others).

I'm so excited about this show. It's engaging, it's low budget, the acting (while not decidedly dramatic) is very realistic. It is the perfect, honest show about sex. Every character has a flaw, no one is "good" or "bad." It just kind of feels like life.

While not perfect by any means, the show does a great job of proving that it is possible to make enjoyable, engaging media with virtually no money, that it is not necessary to adhere to Hollywood standards, that we have reached a point that cheap media is so ubiquitous that we accept simple sound and image recording. Our minds don't need the pristine work of Hollywood, they just go straight for the content. This is HUGE. The internet is becoming an increasingly relevant arena for burgeoning, free media, and it is a great pleasure to see that some people are taking it upon themselves to create media worth watching, not just more Television.

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