“buildbetterbarrel - nine events in new media” is
a series of short vignettes that trace the media heritage and folklore
of St. Louis, Missouri. Backdrops include Cahokia Mounds, the Chicago
lakefront, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and a street front media
lab which operated on September 11, 2001. buildbetterbarrel remembers
St. Louis’s Marshall McLuhan and Father Walter Ong. And it considers
why McLuhan and Ong were the first “to hear” how electronic
media would turn streets into stages for storytellers and myth builders.
The documentary is also an epilogue to another story, another myth -
one about Josephine Baker, Walter Winchell and J. Edgar Hoover.