Movie Pitch Inspiration!

In case you need inspiration to write the movie pitch for your research essay topic….

I give you the trailer for: Twins !

Your  pitch doesn’t have to include video, just audio—just your voice. You have the option to record yourself reading your pitch, filming yourself reading your pitch, or reading your pitch aloud in class when it’s your turn.

If you decide to record a video or audio pitch, you can upload it to Canvas as an audio file or link to your blog and host the pitch there—it’s entirely up to you!

Electoral College + Winner Take All Politics + the Risk of anti-Majority Outcomes

The Electoral College Debate–from a Different Perspective

“The debate over the Electoral College this week is familiar, but off point.

Set off by criticism from Senator Elizabeth Warren, the discussion has often focused on the system’s real but minor bias toward small states, and the system’s intended (by the founders) but now entirely ineffectual role in preventing the “tyranny” of direct democracy.

It largely misses the real reason the Electoral College so often produces results counter to the majority: The winner takes all within most states. You get all of Michigan’s electoral votes whether you win by one vote or a million votes.

There are legitimate arguments to keep the present winner-take-all system, even arguments that today’s progressive opponents of the Electoral College could appreciate. In the 1880s, for instance, it limited the electoral gains that white supremacist Democrats reaped by disenfranchising black voters.

But the Electoral College also brings the risk of anti-majority outcomes — in which the winner of the national popular vote loses the election — for no high-minded reasons at all, as occurred in 2000 and 2016. It even has the potential to worsen the kind of crises it was intended to prevent.”

 

Should the District of Columbia become our fifty-first state?

Democrats Push to Make Washington, D.C., the Fifty-first State

“In the coming days, the House will vote on, and likely pass, H.R. 51, a bill that would make Washington, D.C., the fifty-first state. The bill, which has two hundred co-sponsors, was introduced by Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who for nearly thirty years has served as the non-voting representative for D.C.’s single at-large district. During her time in Congress, Holmes Norton has introduced more than a dozen statehood bills; this will be the first since 1993 to receive a vote. But because Washington, D.C., is not a state, Holmes Norton cannot vote on her own bill, or on final passage of other legislation on the House floor.”

What Did Frederick Douglass Read…?

“A Frederick Douglass Reading List: Reading Recommendations From A Lifelong Education”

Frederick Douglass, George L. Ruffin wrote in his introduction to the orator and abolitionist’s third biography, “seems to have realized the fact that to one who is anxious to become educated and is really in earnest, it is not positively necessary to go to college, and that information may be had outside of college walks; books may be obtained and read elsewhere.” Douglass, he added, “never made the mistake (a common one) of considering that his education was finished. He has continued to study, he studies now, and is a growing man, and at this present moment he is a stronger man intellectually than ever before.”