As soon as Chris Gilliard shared the flying Ring drone my mind went to free association.

It went back to the Twilight Zone episode “The Invaders” just for those scenes of Agnes Moorehead whacking at the flying invaders in her cabin. This episode is brilliant on so many levels, especially for the lack of dialogue.

And that back of my brain went… remix with the advertisement (which is a comedy to watch the inept thief and the expression of the guy watching on his phone).

Got both clips into iMovie, turned the ad black and white. The Picture in Picture editing mode was sloppy on fitting the Twilight Zone on the guy’s phone, but hey, this is quick art.

It says less about the device and more about how helpless we are against these devices of convenience that feed on fears that are suggested to us by tech companies.

So here you go, the signpost up ahead reads… The Drone Zone

This is no out-of-the-way place, not an unvisited place, not bleak, not wasted, maybe dying. This is a suburban house, cookie cutter, plain, a house with high speed internet, a house speaking of IOT progress. This is the woman who lives in the house, a woman who’s been alone for many years, a strong, simple woman whose only problem up until this moment has been that of acquiring enough food to eat, a woman about to face terror, which is even now coming at her from – the Drone Zone.

It’s low art for sure. My favorite kind.


Featured Image: One scene from the YouTube clip and a masked part of the flying drone from CNBC article (Google must have extracted it from video). Most likely not legally licensed, but its remix, its parody, it’s art, damnit.

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