Today is the 149th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's speech at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Only photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg via Wikipedia) We don't have a recording of his speech but we do have Charles Laughton's recitation from the 1935 film, Ruggles Of Red Gap.
Of course, our society has advanced since the 1930s and we are now blessed with the ability to create a powerpoint version of the Gettysburg Address - what better way to demonstrate the superior capabilities of the 21st century! I'm sure Lincoln's speech would have been much more effective with a little visual assistance. Perhaps it could have livened it up enough for Lincoln to be invited to give a TED TALK. Of course, he would have to adopt that sparkly and ironic tone used by most TED talkers if he really wanted to connect with the audience.