friday :: 3-24-06

very proud of the “first coming” line, probably my second favorite turn of phrase during the whole run.

the moment that stands out to me in this episode is the beginning “let’s spend some quality time” segment. It was an attempt to try something along the theme that I had been using on zefrank.com for a number of years, namely: “many have come but i like you the best.” the format up to this point had been a pretty standard one-to-many broadcast – and this was the first time I played with the strange intimacy of the podcast. I wish I had held it a little longer, and hadn’t used the line “this is awkward.”

It’s subtle, but even watching it now – knowing what was coming – I had that weird sensation of self awareness on the line “you are staring at me”. This is what I referred to as the 5th wall in a later episode. A simple explanation might be: If breaking the 4th wall is in the awareness that actors are acting – or that the setting is fabricated, breaking the 5th wall is when the viewer is suddenly aware of themselves in relation to the media and its maker, how close they are, how far away… I also called it emotional proximity, but i’m not sure if that is the best term for it either. Whatever you call it, playing around in that space was the single most important, fun, strange and difficult aspect of my experience in creating the show.

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7 Comments

  1. Theresa

    It’s weird to think I was in high school when these came out. sort of nostalgic

    Posted March 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink | Reply
  2. and i forgot to say, i *love* the fact that you’re revisiting these and offering commentary.

    big fan.

    Posted March 26, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink | Reply
  3. the 5th wall, interesting…

    here’s what i wrote at the time (sept ’06) about the close crop and the ‘emotional proximity’ you were shepherding:

    http://weblog.terrellrussell.com/2006/09/ze-frank-is-manipulating-our-lizard-brains/

    Posted March 26, 2011 at 8:57 am | Permalink | Reply
  4. hey sports racers, i’m blogging along at http://relivingtheshow.tumblr.com/ — a url that i set up a few weeks ago with no idea about my impending five-year-anniversary luck.

    sample: one nice thing about “this is awkward” was the way it called attention to the fact that i didn’t say anything–didn’t respond. it’s a little surprise that makes you think about whether the show can be merely watched–or whether it demands a reply.

    Posted March 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink | Reply
  5. I thought the best line was “coming around like a corner or like a circle?”
    I guess we all know the answer to that one 5 years later.
    Afghanistan is like a freakin’ Spirograph drawing already.
    It’s a good thing we’re only going to be in Libya for a week. Libya is a mini-vacation war from the other wars.

    Posted March 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink | Reply
  6. I love these posts.

    Posted March 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink | Reply
  7. tommy

    what i notice most here is that (retrospectively) i start to see your rhythm becoming established, your reading gets smoother and more journalistic. the ‘first coming’ line is excellent.

    Posted March 25, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink | Reply

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