The setup for the Michael Dyson versus Cornel West feud continues. Salon has an extensive interview with Michael Dyson about his effort to "ether" Cornel West.
The Root also has an audio interview with Dyson about his falling out with West.
In keeping with the professional wrestling trope I suggested in this piece, West must now cut a promo back in response to Dyson.
If I were booking the Dyson versus West program, West would surprise Dyson at first with the ferocity and intensity of his counter-strike. Dyson is the student turned master. West is the master. Dyson would then strike back in a way that further enrages West.
Cornel West actually believes that he is the victim. Michael Dyson is trying to help Cornel West understand the error in his ways. Both sides feel betrayed. This is a perfect story because there are serious emotional issues and drama between the two parties. It is also an opportunity for "redemptive violence" because Dyson still loves West, but believes that the latter has lost his way and betrayed his principles and friends. This whole scenario is box office, big money on the lecture circuit.
It is also mighty entertaining.
A thought, if Cornel West versus Michael Dyson was a video game like the new Mortal Kombat X, what powers and special abilities would each character have?
Cornel West would have a special ability called "Black Prophetic Fire" where he would blow fire out of his mouth and nose like Dhalsim from Street Fighter.
Michael Dyson would likely have a power called "Freestyle" where he hypnotizes and confuses his opponent with his hip-hop black academic cadence.