Think Piece Roundup

Think Piece Roundup: This Is America

CW: Video contains graphic violence.

ICYMI—Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) dropped a new track last week, and its accompanying music video has driven the internet’s think piece generator into overdrive. With the video’s overt political themes, surrealist—if extremely violent—imagery, and over 107 million YouTube views and counting, it comes as no surprise that a lot of people have a lot of thoughts about Gambino’s latest offering. Read on for some deep cuts about the video, from its use of “kinesthetic empathy” to criticisms regarding the video’s intended audience.

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Childish Gambino Experiments with VR and the Live Show Experience in PHAROS

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Before I entered the Microsoft Lounge in Venice, CA last night, the guy at the front instructed, “Put your phones on airplane mode and hand them to me.” A little confused, I did what I was told and forked over my phone to be locked away into a hefty pouch. “Come back after the presentation, and we’ll open it up for you,” he said with a smile and turned to the next set of willing attendees behind me. “What is this? Fort Knox?” I joked as I walked inside the building, realizing that I wouldn’t be able to document the event on social media. Little did I know, this was all part of the experience.

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