NB. The title for this was originally "Ouroboros: or Life of a Viral Video". Just to heap that meta on.
Yes, I shared that Russell Brand interview with Paxman the other week on facebook like everyone else. Yes, I was excited to see dissatisfaction with the status quo articulated by a charismatic and witty figure with a large fanbase. No, I don't like the "don't vote" takeaway. Yes, the whole "revolution" talk is a little embarrassing. Yes, Brand's fairly sexist rhetoric elsewhere makes him a difficult figure to rally behind. Yeah, I like some of the Robert Webb piece this week (though my friend Dan pointed out it was essentially this scene from Peep Show as an article). But my word, the internet fell into wonderfully familiar patterns when this all went viral. The immediate shares, the backlash, the twitter spats, the "bored of Russell Brand" comments, the "bored of people being bored of Russell Brand" comments, the opinion pieces, the counter-opinion pieces... By the end of the day it felt like the whole thing was an art installation about the internet.
Hence this cartoon.