I first discovered Tori Amos when I was a teen girl trying to make sense of the world. Her music guided me through the lows and embellished the highs, and to this day she is my favorite living musician. I also love cover songs, so the fact that Tori frequently reinterprets other artists’ work is the icing on my fandom cake. Here are some of my favorites that she’s done, along with the name of the original artist. And trust me, there are plenty more where this came from.
Internet culture gets derided and dismissed—especially by the out-of-touch people who run a lot of our mainstream media. How often have you heard the punchline of a joke turn out to be “Twitter” or "Youtube"? That gets old fast. Especially, since, in reality, activist media-makers are doing really creative and powerful work online. In recent years, people who care about social justice issues have honed their skills at distilling important issues into short, engaging videos and memes—the best of these are nuanced and fresh, but grab viewers who will never break open a giant book about racism or attend a heady lecture about feminism. A growing number of talented writers are using YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr in a way previous generations have used pamphlets, speeches, and consciousness-raising groups.
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