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Hearsay

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Published on Jul 9, 2008

A video by John Menick, 2008, English, Black and white, DV, Silent, Infinite Loop

A collection of hearsay I've heard and passed on to others. The hearsay is not necessarily true or false. I've believed all of it at one time or another, and still believe some of it. None of the hearsay was personal and involved general, societal topics. New hearsay is added to the video every few months.

When I started writing "Hearsay," I decided I would use my own. Given the simultaneously personal and impersonal nature of the knowledge, I realized that anyone could make his or her own version of what I was doing. So here are some guidelines, which I hesitate to call "rules," and which you can do with as you wish:

1) Use only your own hearsay. No fair padding your list with your friends' factoids.
2) It's preferable that you don't remember who told you the story.
3) If you do remember who told you, then it's preferable that it was related to you verbally.
4) If you read the hearsay, the story should be secondhand (e.g. a quote in a paper).
5) Stories from experts or source publications are discouraged.
6) None of the hearsay should be personal.
7) Knowingly passing on disinformation is not allowed.

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