A few words associated with former PodTech videoblogger Loren Feldman, infamous for his political correctness, might include "chaff," "talentless," "idiot comedian," or "racist." "Artistic inspiration for generations to come" wouldn't be the first phrase to come to mind. But Charles Hope, a blogger for online video site Blip.tv, says that Feldman could be responsible for "a deeply moving work of art." Huh?
Here's how Blip.tv's Hope twisted himself into this verbal impasse. In a spat with a viewer offended by Blip.tv's hosting of Feldman's videos, he embarked on a long anticensorship screed to explain why Feldman's 1938 Media would not be booted from the site. The viewer, identified only as "T.", then pointed to a line in Blip's terms of service which reads:
Content that is or may be deemed to be grossly offensive to the online community, including but not limited to, blatant expressions of bigotry, prejudice, racism, hatred and profanity.
At that point, Hope abandoned both his reasoning skills and any remaining contact with reality. One man's personal crusade to ban Feldman's stupid, and yes, grossly offensive "TechNigga" would ultimately end, Hope claimed, as a "foreshadowing of the Reign of Terror predicted after a Democrat victory in 2008."
Hope then suggests this alternative outcome to simply booting Feldman off the site:
... the profound impact of a deeply moving work of art. Loren's video should inspire works which outlive it by decades, which look forward to the future instead of the past, which give us a glimpse of the glorious potential of humankind. Works which send shivers down the spine and trigger paradigm shifts, which children remember the rest of their adult lives.
Loren Feldman certainly sends shivers down our spines. He certainly inspires pity, contempt, and ridicule. But inspiring art? He's not worth it.