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20 06 2009

Auto-Tune the News #5 Rocks False-Start Blog Out of Torpor

Michael Gregory really took it to the next level yesterday with his fifth edition of Auto-Tune the News. Chances are you first caught wind of the phenomenon back when Auto-Tune the News #2 blew up. In case you’re not on board, the installments are funny without being too clever or too silly. And the music is catchy as hell. After I saw #2, I subscribed to the YouTube channel. Now when a new one drops I watch it about thirty times and then I’m invariably in a good mood for the rest of the day. I don’t think I’ve been able to say that about any other content in my entire life ever. Anyway, here’s #5:

One thing that I especially appreciate about these Auto-Tune the News videos is the fact that a transcript of the “lyrics” is always included in the YouTube file information for each clip–in much the same way that a transcript always accompanies the vlog posts of the Couric and Company Notebook, which is the fluff-piece receptacle from which all of the shorty’s footage is lifted. Of course, the segment featuring Katie Couric (who’s looking more like Carrie Fisher every day) was one of #5’s best bits. She has to have seen these by now!

Katie Koo and Evan (sitting in for Andrew, who is on assignment)

But what really blew me away and made me revisit my own blog fail for a new post was how Gregory let #5 disintegrate upon re-entry with the help of some footage from a minor and fleeting Fox Business News transition fiasco that someone had the presence of mind to rip from their TiVo last week. For making the Fox News franchise look silly, a 29. For appearance, a 29. And for brilliant use (five times) of the “Countdown to the Closing Bell” transition graphic and SFX, a perfect score of 30.  The effect is frenetic and chaotic and I totally ate it up with a spoon. I even made a little bit of fan-art:

I’ll try to resurrect this blog (I enjoyed putting this post together), but I’m not making any promises.




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