When I am in the united states, I intentionally try to avoid watching television. It just seems that television news has gone the way of the circus and world wrestling. everything is amped up, emotionally driven, and instead of facts, a cavalcade of experts and talking heads come on to question every possible cause of a situation in hyper-real time instead of just getting the facts and reporting them
I wonder if news and sharing information that is emotionally driven is much more profitable than facts and rational reporting?
So this morning I am eating my delicious bagel sandwich, and the noise of the tv is blasting away, and I would love to just have a coffee with the producers and the bean counters ins charge of the show and ask a lot of “why?” questions to them. The on-air talent I get – they are a part of a few slots paying a great deal that is coveted by a whole lot of folks that are equally if not better ad they had to fight, sleep, ally, or a myriad of other talents to get their time and top.
I wonder if news casters aren’t much different than the psychological makeup of politicians? I saw a lot of the same in entertainment and was just given a psych class about musicians and how they think and work. It had me think of a band we were working with booking, and they didn’t get why in the 80’s they needed to do cover tunes, and no one would come to see them with all their original music. Perhaps that is a time I do miss, the bands would work the road, and I do miss that. I don’t know what I would do today if I were in a band? Perhaps the allure of the giant festival payday circuit would have one think “wow, I am making a living just doing this! isn’t America great!”
I think Lemmy Kilmister said in an interview that rock and roll today is more like a strange festival where you are so far from the audience, and they have a plethora of choices backstage of mineral water and no fans interactions.
my fear for the short term, is that with entertaining people, you don’t have to spend a fortune to alter the storyline and provide a plausible and believable story without a lot of facts. in military and medicine – you have to pay a great deal in development because your tolerance levels for any failure are usually non-acceptable.
With our media and the coming of the robots and machines programming and being tested with web based agents. It is scary where the flow is heading and how little people care about the facts behind it all. It is more like citizens are trapped in the allure of the chase of the brass data ring than the mass manipulation of reality. I guess it started with makeup, then cosmetic surgery, and soon it will be digital image “dressers” that are bots churning out data and information at a blistering rate.
For example, I am watching some show called good morning America, and I am about ready to walk up and unplug the tv with the ego on the podium with the announcers. The verbiage and adjective & buzzword laden emotional reporting….seeming to hype the reporters more than the story.
Perhaps that is the “programming” algorithm of the day? Just act like a giant mining sluice that finds the most bizarre story and sends reporters who seem more and more like EMTs and legal ambulance chaser to the same story. The reload and keep all the juicy and salacious news going day after day.
You really never hear much of the “rest of the story” over time anymore. I wonder what Paul Harvey and Walter kröhnkite would think of media today?
What I learned is that I am looking more for non-fiction and simple life in a world that is one giant tsunami of data – of which – the reality is whatever anyone posts. no thanks
Now I get to get out of the blazing noise of the media, but walking out the door of the bagel shop. ahhh