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1. Critical reception of video monitors
"Worth It" received mixed reviews from music critics, receiving praise for its catchy rhythm and attitude but was criticized for sounding similar to Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty". Rick Florino from Artistdirect praised "Worth It", giving it a five out of five star rating, claiming the song has "an empowering refrain that's impossible to shake, especially when coupled with a slippery beat". FDRMX also reviewed it positively, mentioning that "the production is solid and the lyrics are catchy" and also stating that the single is Fifth Harmony's most mature record yet. Several music publications considered it a strong contender for song of the summer.
Rebecca Mattina, from Andpop gave the song a mixed review, noting too-close a similarity to "Talk Dirty" but also stating that the track is "filled with lots of attitude" and rhythmic bounce. Conversely, Music Times gave it a positive review stating 'the intense, creeping music of "Worth It" is matched with deep harmonies from 5H and personally positive lyrics". They made a comparison to the first lead single of Reflection (2015), "Boss". In a review for their debut album, Reflection (2015), Meaghan Garvey of Pitchfork commented that the song is an "exhaustive exquisite corpse of practically every radio hit of the last year and a half" and criticizes the "wholly unremarkable rap verse" performed by Kid Ink.
In a negative review, Jason Lipshutz from Billboard, stated that the song sounded "oddly incomplete." Lipshutz also highlighted the song's "repetitive phrasing." In a mixed-positive review, Amy Davidson, from Digital Spy, noted that "trumpets and saxophones have experienced a resurgence and Fifth Harmony have laid it on thick for some serious sax-sampling. 'Give it to me I'm worth it,' they determine, dripping with sass." Davidson also stated, "It mightn't be the most groundbreaking of tracks, but it's got enough attitude to forgive that." For their year-end list of best songs, Associated Press listed it at number three and Spin ranked it at 68. Artistdirect ranked the song at number one in their mid-year report.
2. Career of video monitors
Slavin was an editor of the Week in Review in The New York Times. She was also a correspondent for The Economist in Cairo, Egypt, and Senior Diplomatic Reporter for USA Today. Additionally, she was Assistant Managing Editor for World and National Security at The Washington Times. She has also written for Business Week, Newsday, and The Los Angeles Times. She is now a Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor.
Slavin was a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in JuneAugust 2006. She was also a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, where she authored a report titled Mullahs, Money, and Militias. She is acting director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council.
Slavin is the author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation. The book starts with a description of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a representative of the "new generation" despised by the Iranian elite, followed by an explanation of the way Ali Khamenei manipulates different loci of polity like the Revolutionary Guards, the mullahs, the reformers and the oppositions. Slavin then assesses the discontent of the younger generation born after the Iranian Revolution, and analyzes aspects of the antagonism between the United States and Iran with regards to their respective relations with the Arab world. In a review for Foreign Affairs, L. Carl Brown, a Professor of History at Princeton University, notes that Slavin describes the Revolutionary Guards as "part-military, part mafia". In another review for The Middle East Journal, John Limbert, a Professor of International Affairs at the United States Naval Academy, notes that Slavin uses many "small but revealing vignettes" to illustrate her analyses.
In an article for the Lowy Institute for International Policy in January 2017, Slavin described President Donald Trump as "a neophyte populist politician whose promise to 'make America great again' is based on a deeply pessimistic view of the American status quo and the world order." She added, "Our new president has a lot to learn and has shown a limited capacity to evolve."
3. Timeline of video monitors
5 OctoberThe protests began on Monday, 5 October 2020, with a crowd of 1,000 people, that grew to at least 5,000 people by evening in Bishkek (the capital of Kyrgyzstan) in protest against results and allegations of vote-buying in the 2020 parliamentary election. After nightfall, following a police operation to clear the Ala-Too Square of protesters with tear gas and water cannons, protesters allegedly attacked police officers with rocks and injured two of them. Former President Almazbek Atambayev was freed from prison.
6 OctoberOn early Tuesday morning of 6 October 2020, the protesters reclaimed control of the Ala-Too Square in central Bishkek. They also managed to seize the White House and Supreme Council buildings nearby, throwing paper from windows and setting them on fire, also entering the President's offices. A protestor died and 590 others were injured. In addition, they freed the former President Almazbek Atambayev from jail.
On 6 October, following the protests, the electoral authorities in the country annulled the results of the parliamentary elections. Central Election Commission member Gulnara Jurabaeva also revealed the commission was considering self-dissolution.
In the meantime, opposition groups claimed to be in power after seizing government buildings in the capital, in which several provincial governors have reportedly resigned. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov said that he faced a coup d'tat, then he told the BBC, that he was "ready to give the responsibility to strong leaders".
Likely due to pressure from the protest, Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov resigned, citing parliamentary deputy Myktybek Abdyldayev as the new speaker.
7 OctoberAccording to the Ministry of Healthcare, no fewer than 768 people injured during the protests have been treated by the country's hospitals and clinics as of Wednesday morning. According to Reuters, at least three distinct groups have now attempted to claim leadership.
Meanwhile, Kyrgyz parliamentarians launched impeachment procedures against Jeenbekov, according to a parliamentarian from the opposition party Ata-Meken, Kanybek Imanaliev.
8 OctoberJeenbekov declared a state of emergency, ordering troops to deploy in Bishkek. The declaration imposes a 12-hour curfew until October 21. Gunfire was heard during violent clashes in Bishkek that broke out after Jennbekov's declaration. Jeenbekov formally accepted Boronov's resignation.
4. Live performances of video monitors
Fifth Harmony performed "Worth It" live for the first time on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live on February 17, 2015. They performed the song on Live! with Kelly and Michael on April 13, as well as on the Radio Disney Music Awards which aired on April 26, 2015. The song was also performed on the finale of Dancing with the Stars on May 19, 2015. Outside of the United States, the group performed for the first time in the United Kingdom at Good Morning Britain on June 5, 2015 as well as Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium the following day and on CBBC's Friday Download a month later. The group performed the song with Kid Ink for the first time on Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 18, 2015, and this was also their first ever late night appearance.
The group returned to the United States after performing in several programs in the United Kingdom with a morning appearance on The Today Show along with two other songs from their album. At the 2015 Premios Juventud and the season finale of the Latin American singing competition La Banda, the group sang a mix of "Worth It" and "Dame Esta Noche", the Spanish version of the aforementioned single. As one of Taylor Swift's many guest appearances on her 1989 World Tour, the group performed the song with Swift herself in Santa Clara, California. Other performances included the BET Players' Awards, a red carpet performance at the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards and a return to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where the group performed in an outdoor concert series with multiple songs, including "Boss", "Sledgehammer" and "Work from Home". They also performed the song for the second time at The Today Show along with "Boss" and two songs from their sophomore studio album, 7/27.
"Worth It" is also on the setlist for Fifth Harmony's Reflection Tour and its summer leg. The song is also on the setlist for the group's performances at the 2015 New York, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; and Sunrise, Florida Jingle Ball concerts. The song is also included on the group's headlining The 7/27 Tour and PSA Tour.
5. Jackie Spinner of video monitors
Jackie Spinner is an American journalist who worked for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009.
Spinner grew up in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of a pipe fitter and a schoolteacher. She has a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master's degree at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.
Spinner was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Oman for the 20102011 academic year. She left the Post in 2009 and founded Angel Says: Read, an international literacy project based in Belize, Central America. In 2010, she returned to Iraq to start the award-winning AUI-S Voice, Iraq's first independent student newspaper at The American University of IraqSulaimani. During her time as a Fulbright Scholar, Spinner taught digital journalism at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, where she founded Al Mirah, the university's first independent student newspaper. Jackie writes, shoots photos and produces audio slideshows and video for the Web. She has contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Slate, Glamour, Aswat al-Iraq, American Journalism Review, Defense Quarterly Standard and U.S. Catholic News. She is the author of Tell Them I Didn't Cry: A young journalist's story of joy, loss and survival in Iraq (Scribner 2006). Jackie has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Oman, Ecuador, Hungary, Spain, Morocco, Finland, Iceland and Kuwait. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Journalism and Womens Symposium, College Media Advisers and Military Reporters & Editors Association.
Spinner arrived as the most junior member of The Washington Post bureau staff, working as a metro reporter and financial reporter, before becoming Baghdad Bureau Chief. In Iraq, she survived mortar attacks, car bombs, the Battle for Fallujah, and a kidnapping attempt outside of Abu Ghraib prison. She has contributed to MSNBC, PBS, CNN, BBC, ABC, and National Public Radio, and was featured in a PBS Frontline documentary on reporting the war in Iraq.
Spinner's most recent project was Don't Forget Me, a documentary about autism in Morocco. The film premiered at the Rabat International Film Festival.
She is currently a journalism teacher at Columbia College Chicago.