America the Beautiful

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America the Beautiful consists of three professional vocalists singing the iconic American songs: The Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America, and America the Beautiful. The vocalists are chosen to represent a broad spectrum of diversity. As each vocalist attempts to sing, they are interrupted by voices uttering reprehensible comments. Specifically, these comments expressed by the voice-over actors is taken verbatum from comments posted onto CNN, Fox, & MSNBC’s social media pages about various contemporary news stories. The video plays on multiple layers of meaning by embracing our collective patriotism while reflecting the hypocrisy in our collective conscious which forces the viewer to engage and resolve these difficult subjects on their own. Does social media allow us to empathize with each other? Does the cloak of anonymity allow us to speak without remorse? Or does social media offer a glimpse into our true selves as a culture?

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  • Art form: Time-Based
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  • Medium: Single Channel-Stereo Audio
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  • Year created: 2019
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