Genuine? Are you kidding…?

Anyone watching a news broadcast today and tonight must have seen it as abundantly clear and confirmed that no female television journalist would be caught appearing without the now standard blond dye streaking hair. I witnessed one program with three at one time in the same camera shot all deep in the practice of ‘me too’, appearance journalism… if that was not grotesque enough, a remote report on the same program included another blond type, only this one was a full, no streaking, which prompted this blogger to wonder what’s next? Green and orange slimy patches… which cannot be too far off the mark, since what’s trending and faddish cannot be predicted… and will somehow always become the accepted norm in time… dark roots and all…

Better Then, Than Now

Film noir; is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly such that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood’s classical film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key, black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Great Depression. Excerpted from Wikipedia…

Now that you know a little of what is meant by flim noir, I suspect there is sparse to no interest in the subject in this age of trending superhero’s and wild action movies, but every Sunday morning at Turner Classic Movies presents the best of the genre hosted by the president of the Film Noir Foundation, Eddie Muller who’s well written intros and closings alone are well worth the price of admission, even of those often occasions when a film is shown that I have seen before, I still tune in just to hear those remarks voiced aloud.

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Ordinarily on a day like this, in view of a big breaking story I would be looking forward to enjoying a full throttle discussion around a big round table, without an annoying news crawl or screen banners and images of people at the mention of their name. The discussion would have been led by the host along with some of the principals and other interested parties, even some journalists. Sadly, I do understand that Charlie Rose will not be appearing tonight, but still I am over powered with deep lamentable contingency of some super replacement not yet named… as life must, as I’m sure it will, go on and on…

A Role Model in Waiting?

I spent this Sunday like most watching the political chat shows, that have recently been heavily bombarded with female journalist were once there were so few, among the dye heads with greasy lips and false eyelashes only one stood out with age related gray hair, Zainab Salbi, a humanitarian and media host, and she is only forty-eight-years old… at her young age could have effortlessly escaped the masquerade without notice…

And Now Just A Little News

Anyone whom considers themselves a news hound can be called one by others based on how they consume the news. If by print, the better informed, the consumer is in control, reading one paragraph or ten based on how much information they can stand or have the time to spend in devotion to the task. With radio, not so much, depending on how much air time the broadcaster is willing to commit to any given story. In the learned opinion of this blogger, television news consumers are the least informed, even after viewing a story minutes ago. Just tonight a television anchor introduced a story by announcing, “Tax bill passes house” then the story moved to a reporter doing a standup outside the house chamber, then on to another reporter doing a man on the street interview for reaction, all the while the banner remained on the screen, “Tax bill passes house”, for as long as that banner appeared it was unconsciously read repeatedly, was unconsciously processed by the viewers brain again, which begs the question, how many pieces of information can the brain process before the process begins to fail with some information starting to fall by the way side, is closed to any new information? Asked later what can be recalled about the recently viewed ‘tax story’, all that can be recalled without any deep thought, “tax bill passes the house”, any presented details had been lost or was never learned, the brain was busy reading and processing “Tax bill passes house”. Add a news crawl at the bottom of the screen, brings on ‘information overload’ reducing retainment to a big fat zero… Just who are these broadcast news executive producers that think they know how the brain works and how much information it can absorb, process, recall and make use of, all they seem to know is, just put as much of it as possible on the screen and let the viewer choose how much or little to add to their take-a-way… with so much unnecessary crap on the screen, the answer will always be, very little…

Pardon Me

At almost every White House turkey pardon ceremony, if there is a juvenile in residence, if not some are bussed in, a point is always made to have children present, of the recent clips I have seen of this event few of them seem to enjoy it, after all what’s there to enjoy, as if this is a kid event, like The Annual Easter Egg Roll or the lighting of The National Christmas Tree. Saying a few words of pardon, announcing the bird’s names, like Drumstick or Left Wing, then the event is over, so, what’s so kid friendly about this event? I invite your comments…