On Thursday, Jon Stewart encouraged viewers to remix Mitch McConnell’s new campaign ad. If you haven’t seen the segment, you should really check it out (especially if #McConnelling is appearing anywhere online that you happen to looking).
I immediately began to connect this with Jim Rodolfo and Danielle Nicole DeVoss’s concept of rhetorical velocity, a concept I am still working toward understanding in full (I’ve heard it talked about a lot, but typically only in passing). Like Stewart comments, it seems like this video may have been made with repurposing in mind (a key aspect of rhetorical velocity as a strategy for initial composing), and I doubt that much could have increased the speed of that happening the way that Stewart’s #McConnelling campaign has.
I could think of a lot of songs that would fit this video well, but I haven’t had the energy or the spirit to compose a #McConnelling video. Instead, I’ll just enjoy the works that other people have created. And here are some of my favorites from YouTube:
Toby Sterling — Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”
Joseph Burke — Ram Jam’s “Black Betty”
McConnelling — Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Marshall Brown — Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”
Michael Deppisch — The Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men”
I think this is too fun, and these videos are definitely making me laugh. Have you seen any other #McConnelling videos worth talking about?