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Ripped from the Headlines – 5/13/10

A funny thing has happened to me lately, I’ve stopped using my PSP to play video games. Instead, I use it to cruise my Google Reader before bed. All told, I have something like 92 subscriptions I follow regularly.

The next great American novelist. Watch out Hawthorne.

As you can imagine, between the likes of Kotaku and the word-bank that is our blogging community, there’s a lot of interesting stuff out there. Today I thought it’d be fun to look at some of the news and blogs that caught my attention, and may have slipped by yours in the noise of this past week.

  • Tyra Banks to Write Fantasy Novel Trilogy… called Modelland. Seriously. It will follow a group of teenage girls as they go to a special school to train in the arts of modeling. With magic and danger. And the main character’s last name is Potter. Okay, that last part was fake. But, srsly? In a related story, Tyra is said to have pitched the working title “VanityLand” to her publisher but was declined after several board meeting.
  • Keen Pulls a Fox News… and accuses Obama of hating video games. First, he comes for your guns. Then, your paddles. Relax, guys. Here’s a pro tip from Public Speaking 101: the use of rhetorical devices is common practice in the art of persuasive speech. He could have used any prominent electronic device and made the same point, but then he’d have been ignoring what’s relevant to the audience he was speaking to. And, as creative writers, we should know: sometimes, certain words and phrases just work better than others.

What’s funny is that the article that it’s the exact type of thing Obama is speaking out against. Out-of-context quotes surrounded by opinion presented as educated fact. And when someone like Proze pops up in the comments with a well reasoned argument, ignore every valid part of it and attack based upon inferred political alignment.

If you want an example of the noise Obama is speaking to, check out the masses of stories on the Drudge Report, Newsmax, or Michael Savage’s website. For that matter, it runs on both sides of the political fence. Agendas and all… I’ll be announcing The Fudge Report for all of us independent chocolate lovers out there early next week. Stay tuned.

Ah, that’s enough for now I think. Who knows, maybe I’ll even make this a regular feature around here. Lord knows I like reading through things like this. I hope these stories bring you as much entertainment as they did me :-)

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  1. Victor Stillwater

    Hey Chris.

    I haven’t read that speech myself as a result of having tons to do, but thanks to you, I see more than just Keen’s Angle. I’ll have to read that whole speech myself, though I’m not sure what I can do with it. :)

    Thanks! :D

  2. Chris "Syeric" Coke

    Hey Vic,

    Glad I could do that. I really think it’s being turned into something it was never intended to be. I don’t disagree with how Keen feel’s he’s benefited from gaming. Actually, I share some of those sentiments. He just seems to be very defensive about it, and I’m not quite sure why. Thanks for stopping by :-)

  3. Victor Stillwater

    Not a problem.

    Now that I’ve procrastinated from my writing a couple of papers due in under 48 hours and read the actual speech, I realize that I might be able to use the actual speech as a possible hypothetical lesson plan for one of my requirements, which is a good thing.

    I’ll make a write-up when I have the time later on my plan. More power to you! :D

    1. Chris "Syeric" Coke

      Lesson plan!? Teaching major? :-D Right up my alley, man. What’s the concentration?

      1. Victor Stillwater

        I’m doing basic education and teaching. :) So, it means anything from Grade School to High school, by our description.

        The class is for media education, which essentially allows us to integrate critical thinking regarding media into regular class sessions. Since I’m studying to become an English teacher, I was thinking of using the text both in out-of-context mode and the full text to show my students that excerpts of any media may not represent the true value of what that piece of media says, thus teaching them to think critically and do research (or at least read the whole speech) before forming an opinion. :)

        1. Chris

          Very cool. I like how you’re incorporating relevent examples. I’m an elementary teacher, myself. Though, I’m only full-time substituting at the moment (it’s insanely hard to find a job in this area of WNY). Good luck, man. Way to use this as a teachable moment :-)

  4. Reuben Powell

    i remember when i was still in high school, i always fear public speaking engagments.’~’

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    i am also afraid to stand in front of the crowd and public speaking really cracks me up~;`

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    Tyra Banks is probably the most beautiful and sexiest model that i have ever seen.`        

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