Letter to “News” Sites That Post Hitler Videos

miqrogroove
2013-03-15T01:49:48+00:00

During the recent media frenzy surrounding Google’s announcement of discontinuing the Google Reader product, I was shocked by a few websites that shamelessly included video clips from the YouTube Hitler meme.  I am referring here to:

TechCrunch.com

Telegraph.co.uk

TheInquirer.net

TheRegister.co.uk

These video clips are from a movie called Der Untergang, a disturbing dramatization of Hitler’s attempted mass suicide at the end of the Holocaust.  Ironic subtitles about Google Reader are superimposed on the video to make it seem like a kind of twisted parody.

Are the subtitles amusing?  Yes.

Is parody a form of free speech?  Yes.

Do these videos belong in the news?  No.

The Der Untergang parodies belong in the hands of juvenile morons who don’t understand the context of the film.

I don’t expect any kind of redaction or apology to be issued by those websites.  I am simply blocking them from my own news feeds so that I will be reminded never to visit them again.

14 Mar 2013

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