What is lacking in American politics? Civility? Depth of thought and logic? Moral fiber? How about the possibility of a full-scale Battle Royale! This is from a recent Korean vote on the acceptance of a Free Trade Agreement with the USA. I am generally against FTAs for a variety of reasons, the least of which not being that they tend to destroy local capacity for the production of basic necessities (re: agriculture), but I am not sure I would jump over the crowd as that one guy does halfway through the video.

If ever C-SPAN needs a rating boost, they should consider a steel-cage match instead of a filibuster.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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