Listener: Why I Made that NPR Mash-up

Alexis Hulme, aka Relex109, set an interview we did with an eyewitness to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and posted it on YouTube. The original interview, with Farah Ispahani, a member of Bhutto's media team, is tough stuff. After the jump, Hulme gives his take on the process of remaking it:

I was watching television....nothing special or groundbreaking — just a Simpsons episode I had already watched. I changed the channel and was greeted with the news of this shooting and suicide bombing. I'm sad to say it, but the first thought in my mind was, "Well that's a surprise."

I logged onto the Internet, and after reading many articles I came across NPR's interview with Farah Ispahani, which was different from any other interview or video I had found that night in that it brought home the human factor — for me at least, anyway.

The old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words came to mind. I am a YouTube fanatic, and in my spare time I love to watch and make videos. I decided to paint the picture with different parts of videos I found on the Internet.

The response I have received has been overwhelming for me, mainly because this is something that in some shape or form is going to affect everyone on the planet. Benazir Bhutto was a voice of peace and now that voice has gone, creating an unstable Pakistan with knock-on effects for the rest of the world. Her assassination will cause wounds that may take a long time to heal. I'm not going to pretend to be well-educated or fully aware of politics and religion, but it seems to me that this is part of a global issue and that some compromise has to be made on all sides or there can be no winners.



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