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Virginia Heffernan reads deeper into that slick “Real Mitt Romney”/Eminem mash-up that’s gone viral on YouTube. From her new Yahoo column:
Instead of packing an emotional punch, “The Real Mitt Romney” aims for that gentle “neato” effect refined by online videographers who are long on Final Cut Pro skills and short on conviction. The recut, which mashes up archival images of Obama and Romney and others, is not meant to lock in a victory for its title character, or to deal him a fatal blow. As a piece of rhetoric, it’s nothing more or less than a precise act of noticing. Formally impeccable, it’s careless with content. The most it can be said to do, philosophically, is call attention to droll repetitions and cultural ironies, in the mild and yet surefire way that Jerry Seinfeld used to do. It’s Gen-X noodling using Millennials technology.
Internet speaker Virginia Heffernantalks about changing the way we view “accomplishment” in the classroom. Just because today’s students don’t want to read a dated, trivial, non-canonical novel from Kurt Vonnegut, doesn’t mean they have A.D.D. Their talents may lie elsewhere—and educators have to know where to look. Filmed at The Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau offices in New York City.
David Suzuki was at Occupy Montreal, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement:
“Do we want justice? Do we want greater equity? Do we want environmental protection? Those are the kinds of things that I’m interested in. And if that’s part of what this movement is, then it’s a very exciting moment…This is about the future for these young people, [which] is being sacrificed for the sake of the corporate agenda right now. And I’m delighted to see people saying, We’re going to take that back—take this country back!”