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Who Is Jim Yong Kim? The Guy Singing the Black Eyed Peas Song in This Video.

Internet, you are awesome. Because not that long ago, it would have taken quite some time for me to track down this video of Jim Yong Kim, who may be the next president of the World Bank.

Instead, this one took me about 90 seconds: From this tweet to this Forbes article to this post from Dartmouth College. That’s where Kim, Dartmouth’s president, performed the rap from the Black Eyed Peas song “The Time (Dirty Bit)” last year. Enjoy, starting at the 2:05 mark:

Bonus video: My colleague Liz Gannes, Dartmouth ’04, notes that this was not Kim’s first “Glee”-tastical performance. Here, he partakes in a 2010 Michael Jackson tribute, starting with the Vincent Price rap from “Thriller,” followed by enthusiastic dancing. Begins around the 1:20 mark:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work