Friday, October 15, 2010

Talking Heads . . .

. . . No Thinking Needed

“Among the many things wrong with talking-head gab shows, which have proliferated/ metastasized in the past generation—they’re cheap to produce, they fill air time, they make journalists into celebrities, they suit the increasing political niche-ization of cable networks—is that they reward an affect of breezy confidence on all topics and penalize admissions of complexity, of ignorance on a specific topic, or of the need for time to think.”
—James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic, in article titled, “Why Christine O'Donnell Could Be More Dangerous Than Sarah Palin,” Oct. 13, 2010.
(Fallows’ answer: “Because she has the idiot bravado of the talk show regular.”)
(Thanks to alert WORDster Brad Knickerbocker)

Editor’s Note: Let me think about that.

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  1. This picture reminds of Elizabeth Hasselbeck's mouth on The View. That woman can talk and talk but half of the things she says are crap. Some talk shows are useful, but most are about celebrities, fashion, what dish to cook for the month etc. It just fills up air time just like James Fallows said. For the future, I have no doubt that the media will develop more point less shows just so they can bring in money.

    Romina Nedakovic

  2. My favorite phrases in this: "the increasing political niche-ization of cable networks" and "idiot bravado."