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Let Me Be Clear

In honor of their “Person of the Year”, TIME Mag created this supercut of Obama’s catch phrase, “let me make this clear.” Obama & Clinton’s simple approach to ‘splaining things have definitely worked in the Democrats favor this year.

But TIME wasn’t the first to get to this point. Here, the AP puts this soundbite into more context.

What do you think? A red flag signaling a tweetable one-liner to come or just rhetoric?

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3 Presidents, 3 Speeches

Last night I watched Obama’s address to the community of Newtown with tears in my eyes. It was a truly moving speech and I could tell that he wrote it himself, without relying on Whitehouse staff. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama speeches in the wake of school shootings past and present are edited together to form a moving and telling remix that highlights the effects of gun violence and the role that leadership plays in taking responsibility to help end it. The source materials include presidential addresses immediately following the Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook shootings. The three speeches have been edited together here to illustrate the endless cycle of violence we are trapped in. How do you feel about this remix?

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Opposite of Critical?

There’s a guy toiling away, racking up the OT hours over at PBS. Perhaps you’ve already seen the fruits of his labor. Melodysheep, a.k.a. John D. Boswell of PBS Digital Studios has been working his way through the PBS archives “to produce a series of enthralling musical tributes that pay homage to our most beloved figures.” Nothing like making member-supported TV relevant to non-geriatric audiences of millennials by appealing to their 90’s childhoods through remixing Mr. Rogers!

“We wanted to pay tribute to that while doing something that would put him back on the cutting edge,” says Jason Seiken, PBS’s Senior VP for Interactive and the founder of PBS Digital Studios which launched last October and focuses on developing original online content.

What I find most interesting is that Boswell is actually an artist from Seattle that PBS hired to remix their content. They saw his work on YouTube, sent him some samples and he went on from there. PBS trusted him with the deconstruction process because his previous work didn’t poke fun, critique or project fantasies onto the source materials. Instead, it stayed true to the materials ideas and personality.

Yeah, my mind flipped at this point, too. I grew something in the garden of my mind, and it was criticism. Don’t project or poke fun, just pay homage? I guess I get it….no, wait, what? I DON’T UNDERSTAND!

There’s a new remix to wrap our over-critical minds over now.

But if you’re like me, you kind of prefer to pay homage to the original because it was perfect as is.

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