Killing Capitalism With Christmas: Happy Holidays from BBtv + monochrom!


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Longtime Boing Boing tv contributors monochrom have brought us Soviet terrorism training videos, improvisational urban fires, and highfalutin economic philosophy from the mouths of sock puppets.

Monochrom sock puppets Kiki & Bubu return to us today, for a very special holiday-themed episode: Kiki & Bubu & The Feelings. The yuletide song they perform for us is sure to be an instant classic -- Killing Capitalism with Christmas. You can grab it on iTunes, on the 2008 album "Monochrom: Carefully Selected Moments".

Bonus: Watch this behind-the-socks footage, from the secret filming location in the Austrian alps.

SYNOPSIS (some spoilers):

Yes, it is a time of crisis, but it is also a time of Christmas. Slovenian hackers crack CNN's hologram thingie, and bring us the avatar of gender-ambiguous singing sensation Enron Hubbard. Enron sings a hypnotic call to reject holiday consumerism and replace malls with meaning. Or if not meaning, post-internet nihilism and the ironic use of MySpace smiley-gifs. Online porn monster shows up after Enron is finished singing his holiday song, then Kiki and Bubu scamper off for eggnog frappucinos.

(Special thanks to chief executive sock puppet overlord and awesome guy Johannes Grenzfurthner!)

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  1. We’re in a time of learning and pushing ourselves harder, not a “time of crisis”. It’s good to recognize the problem, but running around with our hands in the air spending less and cutting back is the one thing that brings the economy down.

    Keep running around, but focus instead of making your job better: be more alert and work, stay ahead, work out, be on top of problems and bet one step ahead of the guy sitting next to you.

  2. spending less and cutting back is the one thing that brings the economy down.

    What a load of Keynesian consumerism bullshit.

    I try to resist the urge to comment in these Monochrom posts because it seems to me we just have a fundamental disagreement about the nature of capitalism and human coordination for the fulfillment of human desires.

    But, Dantplayer, I’m so sick of hearing in mainstream media that we need to spend our way out of this economic crisis. That people not spending money (when clearly they need to be saving and they know it) is the “problem” rather than the solution — is exactly what got us into this ever deepening credit-dependent hole to begin with!

    Do you have any concept of return on investment at all?
    Do you have any idea what “economic growth” actually means?

    Spending money for its own sake only continues the pattern of wealth destruction.

  3. @zuzu: In general you’re right, except in the case of surreal anti-capitalist Christmas songs, which we should all buy as many as possible of.

    Don’t panic, everything will be ok. The Situationist New Deal will sort all of this out.

  4. Hmm. I have exactly the same puppet as Enron Hubbard in an old box of toys somewhere. It’s ancient. That is all.

  5. Keep running around, but focus instead of making your job better: be more alert and work, stay ahead, work out, be on top of problems and bet one step ahead of the guy sitting next to you.

    What is this job thing to which you refer? And sitting? Do they sit on auto assembly lines? Oh, never mind; they’re closed anyway.

  6. Actually, I love these, even though I’m not a Marxist. Besides, is there a more Marxist holiday than Christmas? Giving unselfishly to others with no expectation of return? It’s positively unAmerican!!

    BTW, why Zuzu is full of it: The Feast of the Wingnuts.

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