Ponderance

(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Sunday, May 25, 2003

The Star Wars Kid Strikes Back

Have you been following the Star Wars Kid saga? On April 29th, Waxy.org released some very, very funny footage of a young guy practicing his dual lightsaber skills in front of a home video camera. This footage had apparently been released online by one of his "friends" and after a day online, a new version was released with the actual lightsaber effects added (looks well cool!). On May13th, after an impressive search the Star Wars Kid was found. In a truly wonderful gesture, Andy Baio and Jish Mukerji launched a fundraiser to buy the newly discovered Kid an iPod as a thankyou for the laughs he (unintentionally) shared with geeks everywhere. Some wonderful people banded together and at last count, over $US4000 had been raised, so I suspect the unintentional stardom of the Star Wars Kid will be one of those mythical fannish moments that will be talked about for years to come. (Other reporting includes a typically banal Wired report, a cool article in the National Post with enhanced screenshots and a bittersweet yet detached item in the New York Times [you need to register to view the article]). To download the videos, visit Waxy.org.

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