The Blackboard Jungle

days spent beating back the seeds of doubt

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

This, this is BRILLIANT: American Rhetoric. While looking for speeches about / regarding the war in Iraq, I uncovered this place, which was able to furnish me with rhetoric from all prime participants, rather than merely those on 'our' side.

An online speech database, with sound files of each speech included, that covers current affairs generously, and allows speeches from movies into its remit. If I have to teach this sort of decontextualised stuff (how many adults actually give speeches? Once a lifetime, perhaps?), then I'm damned if I'm going to do it without a little liveliness.