Linguist, lexicographer, writer, editor, broadcaster

These self-proclaimed ‘anthems’ exploit tragedy and people’s emotions

“En route, I heard not one, but two original mixes of songs (Jewel’s ‘Hands’ and Neil Diamond’s ‘Coming to America’) peppered with sound bites of both President Bush’s crisis address to the country, and the terrified reactions of spectators watching the planes crash into the towers, and their subsequent collapse. ‘Produced by our very own an exclusive,’ plugs the DJ in his Serious Voice. Througout this entire ordeal, not once have I heard the American Red Cross call for U.S. citizens to contribute an official soundtrack.”

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Grant Barrett