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Weird Al’s musical grammar rant

July 21, 2014
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Weird AlWeird Al Yankovic
has been a musical humor icon for thirty years. Under his belt are three Grammys, six platinum records, thousands of live appearance, and fourteen studio albums. Yankovic’s latest release, Mandatory Fun, includes a hilarious grammar rant titled “Word Crimes”. If you don’t know about Weird Al, his tunes are generally based on real songs; this time it’s Robin Thicke’s controversial 2013 mega-hit “Blurred Lines“.

Those familiar with the writing process might call this an example of an argumentative video text. It’s aimed at changing people’s minds with humor. I’m not optimistic that 54-year-old Weird Al’s will have much effect on the opinion leaders of our time, but I love the video. I also plan to show it to the students in my Applied Multimedia course.

Nearly all of the visuals are words. There are also animations, objects, and one image of a person – a quick candid of Weird Al himself. The only problem is that it’s very dense; a lot of ground is covered in 3 minutes and 45 seconds. I guess that is meant to encourage us to watch or listen over and over again.

Tip of the hat to Ben Rimes.`204 × 210

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