Skeletor vs. Haber-Man

You know, I do realize that "the free, user-generated content spawned and extolled by the Web 2.0 revolution is decimating ... our cultural gatekeepers, as professional critics, journalists, editors, musicians, moviemakers, and other purveyors of expert information are being replaced ... by amateur bloggers, hack reviewers, home-spun moviemakers, and attic recording artists."

I tremble at the thought, for it no doubt means my ass.

But as the redoubtable James Marcus points out, it is hard to take The Cult of the Amateur at quite its announced level of gatekeeperish seriousness given that it refers to the German philosopher Jurgen Haberman.

Menace to civilization that they may be, I nonetheless find myself enjoying the "amateur" reworkings of old He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoons now available as The Skeletor Show:

The full series is available via Flying Squid Studios. Please do not take this as an endorsement. My cultural gatekeeper license might be repealed. That said, I have to wonder if Haber-Man lives in Eternia.

July 8, 2007 5:59 PM | | Comments (3)

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Search on YouTube for Brokeback Snake Mountain if you really want some cheap laughs.

Yes, that's pretty inspired all right. But one thing I like about The Skeletor Show is that it focuses mainly on Skeletor, always my favorite character. He's extra villainous because he has no skin.

I think that's the first time I've ever been called "redoubtable," which makes this a definite red-letter day. Many thanks, Scott! I'm going to watch those video clips now.

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