VBS.tv, the video arm of the Brooklyn-based hipster magazine, VICE, is quickly bringing back the true concept of Gonzo to modern day docs. While larger television news networks are busy covering the snowpacolypse, VBS is covering international events that ACTUALLY MATTER. Shane Smith (VICE co-founder), Suroosh Alvi (VICE co-founder), and Spike Jonze (director of Where the Wild Things Are) are putting out some of the rawest documentaries I’ve ever seen! Have you seen the Liberia doc, yet? The Chernobyl doc? The Katrina doc? The Swansea Love Story? These guys are doing what Hunter S. Thompson was doing for journalism in the '60s and '70s. Except now we have the internet, and VBS is bringing the gonzo to their crazy-ass online documentaries.
The last fully baked ZOOMDOUT blog focused on a rather rational deconstruction of religion. I proposed that the five major religious prophets probably used a psychedelic vehicle to reach The Essence we call God, YHWA, Allah... In one of my zoomed out glimpses I realized The Essence was the common religious denominator; and that the religions of Krishna, Buddha, Muhammad, Jesus and Moses all revolve around the same Mystical Essence. These giant religions sprouted from the prophets’ revelatory journey to the root of all inspiration—the indivisible G-0-D denominator.
This blog however, focuses on seriously answering the where’s Muhammad question. As you can see in the “Where’s Muhammad” cartoon, Muhammad’s absence is holding up the prophets from starting their spiritual mushroom-cannabis session. So what’s the hold up? What’s his trip? Where is Muhammad?
The 12 Muhammad cartoons
In 2006 I was in my forth semester at SU, and one of the assignments for this communications and rhetoric class I was taking was to stand up in front of the class and ad lib on a particular topic for five minutes. I hated that type of shit, so when the TA randomly chose me to deliver my impromptu, I froze. As I started to make my way up to the podium I was thinking, “Why didn’t I at least try to prepare for this? Or at least briefly think about potential talking points? WTF am I gona talk about for five cold minutes? I’m such a horrible bullshitter!” By the time I faced the class the only thing I could think of was the controversial Muhammad cartoons that I had been following in the news: “I don’t know if you guys have heard of these Muhammad cartoons…”