(your basic world superpower)
Great bit on NPR yesterday morning about how conflict in the world political arena is mirrored by conflict in the rap world. A fun metaphor, and the guy who worte a paper on it just runs with it in a really smart and fun way, pointing out lots of parallels to how large powers deal with smaller upstarts and vice versa. Things to listen out for:
- the host’s extremely white chortle/guffaw at some of the parallels
- how excited the interviewee is about rap
- Kanye coming in as Europe at the end in a blink-or-you-miss-it metaphor extension that is so right!!!
Bonus points to NPR for having downloadable mp3′s of their stories.
Additional points to me for participating in a focus group years ago at NPR concerning their websites. I had just gone freelance, had some time off, and my friend’s husband was conducting studies for NPR on how to improve their website. I was filmed using their site and then asked questions about how the experience was. I told them some things were confusing, and everything should be able to be downloaded. Nice.