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I'm rather proud of the fact that I managed to find the brain power to submit a vid playlist to this year's [community profile] wiscon_vidparty"A Revolution Without Dancing Is Not a Revolution Worth Having."

You can follow the links above to the entire vid party playlist; here's my portion again: 

In Our Bedroom After the War (Goodbye, Lenin!) by such_heights
Suffrage (Iron-Jawed Angels) by e_transitions
Black Steel (Born in Flames) by Lila Futuransky
Slow Down Gandhi (Battlestar Galactica) by obsessive24
Too Big to Fail (Occupy Wall Street) by starlady
Citizens of the World (The Blues Brother movies) by Trutgras

The vid party organizers kindly gave those of us curators who were present the chance to say a few words, and I wanted to say them again here: I felt really self conscious about the fact that the playlist is so light on SFF, but then I realized that that's on science fiction, not me. I combed through all of Festivids and the entire Vividcon database, as well as some YouTube searching, and couldn't find hardly any vids that were both from a science fictional source and also depicted revolutions as I think they are: collective actions inspired by (radical) ideas. Get it together, science fiction! The lone hero is not actually a solution to systemic problems, etc, etc.

The core of this playlist was actually the last vid, which I watched at laurashapiro's Festivids party and, when it ended, I said, "That is why oppressive governments forbid people gathering in large groups!" Dancing in the street is a revolutionary act, or it can be, which is where I got the title of the playlist--it's a line apocryphally attributed to the great feminist anarchist Emma Goldman, and a line I like quite a lot. (It gets play in V for Vendetta too, a movie I really wanted to include, but I couldn't find any vids that either critiqued its simplistic, naive 1980s take on the dystopian future, or that showcased the people taking to the streets at the end.) The others I thought of for various reasons--they fit the theme of WisCon, they were spec fic-ish, I liked them (mine), etc. I also deliberately ended on an up note, because you gotta give 'em hope, and at least one person thanked me for that. (I also had a few people tell me that they found my Occupy vid to be really sad; I can see why, but I don't, because I think that Occupy will matter more in its ideas than anything else, and that it has mattered. The vid makes me angry, in a good way; I made it because I was angry.) Several people also told me they really liked the playlist, which made me really glad; I'm glad that what I wanted to say seems to have gotten across.

See you next year, I hope!