An Exercise in Cognitive Dissonance

If you want to see some great television, granted not of the ilk of The Wire, but that of just raw run of the mill entertainment, then by all means watch Susan Boyle on Britain's cross between Star Search and American Idol called Britain's Got Talent. What makes this "great television" is that the producers could easily have staged Susan's performance differently, but in stead they chose to exploit the cognitive dissonance between what you see and what you hear. The result I think is an immensely powerful, albeit somewhat cheesy (given that it is Broadway), performance.

Watch it on YouTube.

Via Slate's Cultural Gabfest.

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