Are We Not (Dove) Devo?

It’s a cliché to say that a good artist can do anything with contemporary technology, and it’s not a new idea. I doubt, for example, that the face of the Mona Lisa is exactly the image of the woman da Vinci painted. Still, large-scale, well-organized greed has a way of magnifying the worst of humanity even as it attempts to portray an ideal of beauty. A public relations campaign, of course, is complicated, and now includes a degree of self-consciousness about its methods. The video offers a critique, but also suggests that we buy some soap as a part of our migration from the artificial to the real.

This is an equally instructive example:

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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