On January 17, 2017 the Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos were held. Mrs. DeVos's hearing was over three hours long and had distinct portions. Following the hearing, there were numerous related conversations, posts and memes throughout my Facebook feed. There were sound bites galore. I was not looking for sound bites; I was looking for information.
The Senate hearing is a piece of the nominee's “job interview” with the Senate committee that handles education. The part that is held in the public eye. It includes an audience of guests and the media. It is televised and recorded. It was live-streamed and still available online and as a researcher, I greatly appreciate this aspect and imagine my nerd-joy when I discovered that I could download the entire testimony! You can watch the hearing and/or download the testimony here: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/nomination-of-betsy-devos-to-serve-as-secretary-of-education.
Memory is impacted by experience and emotion. I did not watch the hearing live. I intentionally avoided the full emotional experience. I have chosen to watch it after the fact so I can watch with a pause button and a notepad. I can definitely read it faster than I can watch it but I have given myself the task of watching it and taking notes before reading the transcript sections related to what I've watched. My commentary is based on my notes while viewing. I will also be interested to see how those observations may change after reading the transcript segments.