This tension between a supposedly dominant media technologies floundering and the centrality of written and spoken language can be seen in Vito Acconci's The Red Tapes (1976). (Here is Part One. Part Two will screen tonight.) The video is boring and language-centric. It recreates the boredom of watching the whole flow of television by stripping out the mesmerizing images and leaving words just floating out there, as incantatory by themselves as television images.