NPR explores how the internet has changed the face of the music video. Decreased attention spans and tiny screens mean that a long, intricate video like “Thriller” might not have become a hit if released in this day and age:
Directed by John Landis, “Thriller” is a complicated, baroque video with relatively few close-ups and so many zombies that it can be hard to tell what’s going on. Watching it on a small screen is like taking in Spartacus on an iPhone.
In related, but non-musical news, check out Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the forthcoming, updated edition of Jane Austin’s classic:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen’s classic novel to new legions of fans.