pal·in·drome (p?l‘?n-dr?m‘) n.
- A word, phrase, verse, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward. For example: A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!
- A segment of double-stranded DNA in which the nucleotide sequence of one strand reads in reverse order to that of the complementary strand.
The dictionary definition aligning language with DNA makes for a convenient metaphor. Words are after all much like the building blocks of our whole whatchamacallit matrix.
In the video below, the words make the opposite of a palindrome. Instead of reading the same both forwards and backwards, the message is the exact opposite when read in reverse, reclaiming the pessimistic view that there’s just no hope in our generation. It’s likely to warm the cockles of your heart.
The video has been youtube’s version of an Avatar blockbuster. It was made for a competition with AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – that strange “NGO”/insurance provider for people over 50. Even stranger, it was inspired by this political advertisement from Argentina.