Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thwarted schadenfreude

If you haven't already seen the video of Susan Boyle, get thee to YouTube and watch it!!

This video is taking the Internet by storm, and with good reason. In a culture where we are more interested in watching regular people get humiliated on live television than in voting in political elections, it's easy to get cynical about one more frumpy middle-aged woman who thinks she's somebody. We eagerly wait for the trainwreck, and for the Simon-Cowell-esque put-downs. We want her to get told.

But Susan shocked us all. In the space of one line of her song, she completely eroded my prejedice, and by the end of her song, I was undone. What a talent. What a lesson.

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