August 31, 2008

Democracy in the Dark


Roger Ebert has posted a fascinating system for anyone who wishes to attempt "read a movie" in a classroom setting. One man referred to the process as "Democracy in the dark." I'd love to try something like this in my freshman literature class, but I have no idea what film to use. A few great films come to mind, such as this, this and this, but I'd love to hear your suggestions. I'm all ears.

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August 31, 2008

Oh No, You Didn't

The commercial below caught my eye, ear and imagination over the weekend. I have watched it at least 50 times and continue to notice new touches every time. It's a great conversation starter for a discussion about tone and irony....

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August 29, 2008

O Brother…

Why did McCain's vice president choice remind me of this exchange from the great O Brother, Where Art Thou? [Discussing how to counter Homer Stokes' campaign for governor] Junior O'Daniel: We could hire our own midget, even shorter than...

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August 1, 2005

A night I will never forget...

I was telling a friend yesterday about the following story and remembered I had written about it the day after "it" happened (Feb. 7, 2004). It was fun rereading it. I hope you enjoy it. It's all true! Last night...

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July 21, 2005

Museum wants a piece of BrookSpeak

Today I received an email from a researcher from The Newseum. The Newseum bills itself as an "interactive museum of news." The coolest thing about their website is the daily exhibit of front-pages from newspapers around the world. They also...

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July 14, 2005

Who in their right mind...

...would be against a one day waiting period for an abortion? Take a look at this AP story about the possible effects of such a waiting period in Minnesota. Georgia has just passed similar legislation. I look forward to similar...

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July 8, 2005

I'm not fighting any more

I know it has been a while since I last posted, but camp and grad. school have taken precedence the past two weeks. I now have my priorities straight and should post in a more timely manner from now on...

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