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i find this interesting because of the contrast with the original version, which listed significant historical events and figures. in this version, history has been replaced by viral videos. the question then is whether this video marks an ending of historical events as the defining moments of culture, or if mildly amusing/off putting videos have replaced historical events as culture. history as circulation of user created content, isn’t that a benjaminian vision? i suppose by not it isn’t interesting to point out that democratic access to media hasn’t produced much more than videos of a guy setting himself on fire with a shot glass. it perhaps interesting to note, as benjamin did, the effect democratizing media has had on history. i don’t think we could properly call it an aestheticization as much as a trivialization.