NYU Journalism Students Record Anti-Fracking Song, “My Water's On Fire Tonight”

New York's been one hotspot for fracking in America, though Governor Paterson vetoed the dangerous gas drilling practice in December. Yet it still seems like many people are confused as to what, exactly, fracking is. Recently, a group of NYU journalism students collaborated with ProPublica to familiarize people with the latter's three-year investigation on the impact of hydraulic fracturing, and they did so quite creatively. Part of a course called Studio 20, which combines serious reporting with the liberating qualities of new media, the students crafted a rap that details the issues with 'fracking' in a catchy format that nabs a Sly and the Family Stone hook and also seems descended from Cee-Lo and Andre 3000. And while aesthetically the rapping isn't quite Hot 97 (or Lonely Island) ready, the video really does the trick, explaining the problems and issues with fracking succinctly and effectively along to an awesome video. Check it out, via Shakesville/PBS:


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at May 14, 2011, 5:26am

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