I'm Mark Slutsky. This is my Vimeo channel. This is all you really need to know about me. This is Sad YouTube.
You can reach me at eattothebeat AT gmail DOT com. Or ask me a question, I'll tell you no lies.
Or check out my archive.
Click on the links below if you really want to know more.
• Couple of things about me.
• Older stuff you might like
• The Decelerators
• ASK AWAY
The NPR story on Sad YouTube has “gone national” on the main On the Media show. Check it out if you haven’t heard it yet, they did a great job.
Only a couple were printed up (by Ohara herself, to sell) and the image was mostly used online.
Yesterday, I noticed that I had been tagged in a comment thread on Instagram. Clicking through, I was surprised to find the picture at the top of the post. Reading further, I found out that it was taken by a fan of Ohara’s in the Philippines (who she doesn’t know personally) who took the picture at a store called “Landmark,” which appears to be a popular Filipino department store. It’s of a rack of bootleg Decelerators t-shirts; never mind that there were never any official Decelerators t-shirts.
As my friend Aaron, who also appears in the film, commented, “The world is a really small and strange place sometimes.”
Clearly, some designer found Ohara’s image online, thought it looked cool, and threw it on a shirt to be sold at Landmark (and who knows where else). Now a poster of my short film is on a piece of clothing for sale halfway across the world, and that just seems… normal. The weird thing about this story is how not weird it seems to me.
When archaeologists want to know how a civilization lived before them, they might research by digging in the trash. That’s why Mark Slutsky says he created Sad YouTube, a website that highlights touching, melancholy moments found among the heaps of comments left on the video sharing platform.
You really have to watch this, mostly for the huge splashy Sad YouTube backdrop on their set.
It is thirty minutes later. Carson is sitting at a table by the pool, where four or five people have joined him. He chats with impersonal affability, making no effort to dominate, charm, or amuse. I recall something that George Axelrod, the dramatist and screenwriter, once said to me about him: “Socially, he doesn’t exist. The reason is that there are no television cameras in living rooms. If human beings had little-red lights in the middle of their foreheads, Carson would be the greatest conversationalist on earth.”
Kenneth Tynan’s brilliant 1978 profile of Johnny Carson is one of my favourite pieces of non-fiction writing ever. Doesn’t matter if you ever watched his Tonight Show or care at all about the man; it’s a great piece of writing that I still think about all the time, some 10 years after I first came across it.
This is the third installment of our new series, MyTube, which asks some of our favorite web dwellers to escort us through their own personal YouTube hall of fame.
I picked five of my favourite vidz (+one bonus) for Fiona Duncan over at Bullett.
a little valentine’s gift for you and yours
I resurrected and reconfigured an old piece from this blog and posted it to Medium, to try it out or something. Not quite sure why I did it. But it looks nice!
"I’m One, Too!", the animated short I created with Stephen Evans for Sesame Street, aired today for the first time and is now up on YouTube!