He's a Goofy Dancer, Not a Prophet of Peace

The combination of image and music is mystical, but not necessarily meaningful
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2008 6:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – No doubt you've seen or heard of the YouTube phenomenon in which Matt Harding dances his way across the world and its cultures, set to a New Age song poem. And no doubt you've heard fans refer to Harding as nothing less than a purveyor of world peace. But please, let's give it a rest, writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times.

Harding is a "skilled multimedia edtor," but he's no prophet, Daum writes. And his video isn't so much a "commercial for happiness" as a "commercial for commercials themselves," she says. "Even though it's well established that images have replaced words as our main communication currency, I think we're less aware of the way that adding music can trick us into thinking we're experiencing something deeper than we really are."