Time Trumpet weirds me out

Time Trumpet is an award-winning Flash site, but what the heck is it?

Josh Lowensohn Former Senior Writer
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Time Trumpet was the winner for film and TV in this year's South By Southwest Interactive Web Awards this past Sunday (see our coverage here). The site contains a number of faux-futurecentric video clips with historical satire about politics, current events, and celebrities. What's neat is the somewhat experimental interface that blends various media in partial 3D, similar to Universe which we took a look at yesterday. You can sort through it all by episode or subject, and each clip will organize itself into a neat, swirling vortex. It's total eye candy.

Most of the clips about people will likely confuse you unless you're up to date on British C-list celebrities. On the other hand, the news items have the satirical style the British pull off so well; things like bird flu and the general downfall of Western civilization are somehow made humorous. The site pulls its content from Armando Iannucci's half-hour program Time Trumpet, which had a six-episode run late last year on BBC Two.

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