Tone Matters Too

A few weeks ago when my Facebook wall was papered by my many liberal friends with Elizabeth Warren's "pay forward" exegesis on perceived inequities in the tax code, it didn't occur to me to wonder why the preferred method of disseminating the quote was via written transcription rather than a link or embed of the actual video.


The nearby graphic is the version I saw most frequently – on Facebook and elsewhere.  It is drawn from this page, captioned "the Elizabeth Warren quote every American needs to see."  Look at that accompanying photo. Professor Warren is smiling amiably, eyes bright, forehead pleasantly un-furrowed.  Her hand is open in a non-aggressive, 'come and reason with me' gesture.  She looks friendly and reasonable.   

Despite all of the reading and thinking I did about that extended quote last month, it didn't occur to me until very recently that I'd never bothered to seek out and view the widely-available YouTube video of the Professor's actual delivery of those telling words.  Like many people, I suspect, I subconsciously imposed on the speech a calm and rational tone lifted from the accompanying photograph.  The reality is quite different.  If, like me, you hadn't previous bothered, take a moment to watch for yourself… WATCH THE VID AND READ THE REST at CriticalMASS

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