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When the second wave of the Industrial Revolution lost steam late in the 19th century, some of the Western world glittered and some couldn’t see through the soot. The utopian dreams that artists and social scientists created in this shadow were often fantasies of equality. Esperanto, a language constructed in 1887 for universal communication, is one of those dreams. The globalism of Esperanto (“one who hopes”) eschews political, national and ethnic distinctions for sui generis accessibility; it persists even as languages of geographic and cultural specificity continue to disappear. (Check Google Translate for proof.)

No matter how diverse the actors in our next videos are, they all speak in one voice. The band Cassius has put a playful spin on the oral tradition with their song, “I ❤ U So.” As the title portends, the message of  modern love is best expressed through their app, which puts your words in other people’s mouths. Download the app here and check out the video below:

The strictly lips version is also worth a thousand words…

Imagine an intergalactic couch potato flipping through television transmissions from our big blue marble and you’ll get the feel of this clip, “Rings Around the World,” from the Welsh group Super Furry Animals. A patchwork of performance and found video, consider this the remix and the original:

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