Politics on the web

I hope you all voted today!

Henry Jenkins, in his book Convergence Culture (which we may read some of later this semester) talks about how democratic politics is changing in the modern, digital world.

A great project with students could be looking at political ads on the web and talking about, analyzing, and critiquing the music. Most ads are available on YouTube or elsewhere, and the short pieces often use music to try to convey subtle (or not so subtle) messages.

You may have seen this video already. Will.I.Am took a speech by Barack Obama and turned it into a song. I don’t present this as an endorsement, but rather an interesting example of digital music/video creation:

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