“English Downfall”

via John Walter, here’s a video from Kairos, “leaked” by editor Cheryl Ball:

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6 Responses to “English Downfall”

  1. Matt says:

    OMG that is the funniest thing I have seen in a LONG while.

    I’m a little disturbed at the comparison of old-school literature folks to Hitler, and it fails as support for argument according to Godwin’s Law, but as entertainment it is awesome!

  2. Michael says:

    I agree with your points, Matt. I don’t think the comparison is traditional literary study = Hitler.

    I think the comparison is trying to keep all of English studies traditional = Hitler.

    Which isn’t a great comparison. But is hilarious!

  3. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh, too funny. I love the part especially where he says, “Anybody who assigns anything other than a five-paragraph essay, please leave the room.”

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  5. dawn says:

    Damn prescriptivists!

  6. John says:

    As I understand it, this clip has been remade for a variety of contexts. I wasn’t part of the editorial process on this piece, so I don’t know if this is it or if there’s going to be a larger contextualization of remix culture along with it.

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