2 February 2010 2:52 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

It's time again to note the landing of a new Wholphin, number ten this time in the biannual subscription series from Dave Eggers' McSweeney's mill, and now more than ever it seems a vital project, even as our free time becomes increasingly consumed by watching and sharing viral "shorts" on YouTube.

Actually, what often spurs YouTube popularity isn't so far from the aesthetic-ironic rationales employed by Wholphin -- aside from newsworthiness and blooper moments and stupid people tricks, the genuine viral videos that catch on can have an odd, otherworldly sense of amazement to them, showing you something real that you never thought you'd see. Wholphin does better than that, of course, curating with not only the Omg factor in mind, but also duration, real wit and the amazement that can come with new visual perspectives. But there's also a rabid hunger at work for what's brand new not »


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