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Friday, November 18th, 2011 by Sean
“Originally, this video ended with a sequence of MJ vandalizing a city street with a crowbar. The segment lasted 4 minutes, during which Michael touched himself 13 times. The simulcast event scandalized a portion of its audience worldwide, black and white.”
— Pop Up Video factoid, Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”
In the dark days before Web 2.0 and Wikipedia, one turned to Pop Up Video for cheeky pop culture factoids like these. Then, darkness. Pop Up Video went away for a very long time.
A new day has dawned, though. VH1 has decided to reboot the show in the same vein as younger sibling MTV, who recently revived Beavis and Butt-head. Is this just more 90s nostalgia? The result of a lazy programming session? We say No. We say this is justice à la Family Guy or Arrested Development. Another show that should have never left the air has just been vindicated. Huzzah!
What does this mean for we the people? Why, more useless factoids, of course. Pop Up Video has been known to triple check the content of its bubbles — providing an editorial legitimacy to what’s by and large a form of mindless entertainment.
Or is it? Perhaps this is a sign that the music video remains a powerful medium; an art form worth dissecting. Pop on.