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Viral Video: If the Shoe Fits, Mash It Up

Of course, the recent shoe attack on President George W. Bush in Iraq created the perfect storm for online video.

As you might know (although Bush clearly did not from this video), the showing of the sole of a shoe is the ultimate insult in Arab countries. And throwing a shoe? Well, worse.

In this country, making a video about shoe-throwing is.

Here are some results, plus one of my favorite hit online videos about shoes, called, of course, “Shoes”:

RE-MIX

SLO-MO

BOOGIE SHOES

CRISPIN GLOVER IS ODD

THESE SHOES RULE, THESE SHOES SUCK


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work