What Are You Watching?
With countless videos of all types now available on a dizzying number of channels, platforms and mediums, we thought it might be useful to ask people to single out one video on YouTube that they wish more people would watch.
A quick poll of Nation staffers produced an eclectic series of suggestions, a small sampling of which are featured below. Now, we want to see what you're watching. Please send us the link to one political video on YouTube that you wish more people would watch. We'll post and feature the videos next week with full credit for each suggestion, of course!
Our MediaFix blogger Greg Mitchell suggests a live version of Bruce Springsteen's "Ghost of Tom Joad," sung with Tom Morello last year because of the current economic crisis.
Nation Books Editor Carl Bromley is partial to PenguinCanada's promotional video for Fatima Bhutto's affecting memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword, which tells the story of a family of rich feudal landlords the proud descendents of a warrior caste who became powerbrokers in the newly created state of Pakistan.
Nation intern Sara Haji recommends a speech in which scholar and author Reza Aslan discusses Islamic identity in the United States, how the US media portrays Islam, and to what extent the media factors into the formation of identity and stereotypes.
Nation controller Mary van Valkenburg strongly recommends this conversation between author, activist (and former Nation staffer) Antonino D'Ambrosio and GRITtv host Laura Flanders about D'Ambrosio's film about The Clash's Joe Strummer.