On Display

Yesterday in a seven minute, thirty second segment, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed David Leonhardt, concerning his New York Times Op-Ed piece, laying out ten possible articles of presidential impeachment of this American President, that included in stills and clips, sixteen images of him, when not even one was necessary… which produced in the minds of all who viewed it, excessive image overload… many are still nursing the ill effects in recovery mode one day later…

Its About the Numbers, Stupid

A newspaper’s circulation is the number of copies it distributes on an average day. Circulation is one of the principal factors used to set advertising rates. Circulation is not always the same as copies sold, often called paid circulation, since some newspapers are distributed without cost to the reader. Readership figures are usually higher than circulation figures because of the assumption that a typical copy of the newspaper is read by more than one person. Excerpted from Wikipedia…

 

In the early days of newspapers, some advertising rates were set based of the run, copies printed, not copies read, to put it simply.

 

Fast forward to the twenty-first century…

 

“The Lucrative Business of Fake Social Media Accounts”

“People are paying an obscure company for followers online”.

“Real people’s identities are being stolen and used to inflate metrics”. A New York Times headline story…

 

The more eyeballs captured, enticed to stay engaged, can simply mean, “mo’ money”, “mo’ money”. Once broadcasters were convinced that by displaying females in trashy hair and make-up, the flood gates were thrown wide open, with ever larger viewing audiences, in both comedies, dramas, even broadcast news programs. As if that was not enough, old dudes of every stripe can now be seen everywhere on television without a single hair of gray. If a male is seen on television without gray hair, he is either a high schooler or an old dude in his fifties or older. The characteristics of oddity can now be seen all over the place, in the home, at work, and especially on television, the one place were fakery lives in ever increasing numbers, and no one, I mean, no one, dares to say a thing… but I will, and I do… Next post, synthetics on female heads in the newsroom, a horrifying display that should have been avoided at all cost, the plague on the heads of the next generation of little girls…

 

In closing, I once heard it said, “I watch Fox News for the ‘girls’… for the ‘blond headed girls’…

John Dickerson, Last Sunday Hosting

Last Sunday, John Dickerson, hosted CBS’s Face The Nation for the last time without naming the new host, that show was remarkable of note that all the actors that appeared on the program commercials had dyed hair, because they had a product to sell and nothing holds a bad omen in marketing then gray hair. That nevertheless, should not apply to journalist, at least those that appeared on that program, but it does, the omen can be, if one cannot be trusted with their natural hair color on their head, can they reasonably be trusted in what comes out of their mouths, I think not, journalist, what have they to sell, trust, so often betrayed by hair dye…

Miss America, The Scholarship Pageant

This week on The View television show had as a guest co-host, Gretchen Carlson, as if it could be avoided the subject of ‘relevance’ came up as everybody knew it would in relation to the Miss America beauty pageant and the swimsuit presentation, and should it continue as a competition into its years to come. Of course, the question was raised attached to the word ‘relevance’ when it comes to women on display and body types, and if the now so called full figured or plus sized, will ever be included, if it must be asked, then the answer is no. Women and trophyism has been in play for them for so long as to have become simultaneously, one, and or which ever is in vogue at any given time in current cultural taste. It cannot be forgotten that once women were fainting in the street because of their effort in trying to achieve the perfect winning hour-glass figure, becoming complicit in the show-offing that has become the swimsuit competition with a twist. Now, the skinny are in, there was once a time when they were not, but, that is a posting subject for another time, today, let me focus on Miss America in a bathing suit, if it was possible for a pageant entree to have her brain cells on display for inspection then the bathing suit presentation would not be a necessary and popular segment of the pageant, but since it is, either deal with it as it is or do away with it altogether and stop talking about it as if it will ever some how go away, not in this or our life time… Now, you may ask, how do I know this, all the women on that panel have spent at least an hour or more on clownish hair and make-up in promotion of their personal trophyism on display, as every woman today appearing on television must do in direct competition with self and others, in trying to keep father time at bay.

 

If I’m lying, I’m dying, one has only to view, according to USA Today, to see the top looks from Chanel, Dior (2018), and more on the current couture runways of Paris, as some sort of proof of the past and future all rolled into one…

Show Me The President…Again

As Jimmy Kimmel has demonstrated, even a six-year old is aware of who the President of the United States is, to the point of being able to imitate him. It’s the old guard of television news producers that insist on the running display of this Presidents image at the mention of his name, much to the annoyance of news hounds everywhere. It can even be extended to any well-known figure that has been in the news for months, they just can’t help themselves from repeatedly displaying their image, showing them entering and getting out of cars or entering or leaving a building in rapid redundancy. Can’t wait for the new fresh crop of producers to take command of the news rooms that are not chained to the old ways of doing things and reporting the news, there has got to be a better way…

“Swimming Against The Current”

This blogger fails to understand the reason for all the screen clutter on MSNBC when they are reporting a story, I guess it must be true of the other cable news outlets too, when simplicity of presentation would certainly be far more effective in the telling of any story, why muddle the water. If the anchor tells the audience that three men were killed, is it necessary for it to be read, then pictured too, fogging the viewers brain with unnecessary activity when it should be clear to accept the details of the next story, now busy in memorial of the last. “A picture is worth a thousand words”, as an explaining tool, yes, but it is also a distraction when used to report a news item, it will be long remembered, then any mental image painted with words, producing image brain clutter, so what it boils down to is, image vs. description, description has a long lasting understanding when used in reporting, can be altered, enhanced with new information, while a solid image does not allow for any adjustment, a news story is thankfully fluid and is not a hard unmovable, unaltering definite. In closing…” who are you going to believe me or your lying eyes”? The ‘me’ which is fluid has more lasting power, then your ‘eyes’, producing a solid image and the ‘me’ may have years of trust behind it. So, just report the story with as little screen graphic imagery as possible, you want the viewer to understand ‘what’ you are reporting, not ‘how’ you are reporting. This my friend is television news reporting 101…

Entitled Citizen

“James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 62 that”, “It is not possible that an assembly of men called for the most part from pursuits of a private nature, continued in appointment for a short time, and led by no permanent motive to devote intervals of public occupation to a study of the laws, the affairs, and the comprehensive interests of their country, should, if left wholly to themselves, escape a variety of important errors in the exercise of their legislative trust.” Excerpted from Wikipedia…

 

I have this vision of U.S. citizens for a short period of time engaging in governmental affairs, either in the national or local sphere, then returning to private life enriched for their service as well as the nation having been so served, that does not include the profession of politics and governing as a vocation as such, in short there shouldn’t ever be a governing class which can be clearly seen these days, however, twenty-first century governance has become so complicated and large that the period from 1700 to 1799, that eighteenth century outlook has long been overshadowed by the fast paces of this modern age, there can be no going back now, the professional governing class, so it seems, is here to stay. I raise the above issues only because there is now afoot a notion to elect another private citizen to the office of the presidency as if the last and current one is such a glowing success, it has not been promising as of this posting. I submit that the next President of the United States be a tried and true professional with years of governing experience, at least minimally, either locally or nationally, internationally will be most preferred in this age of global activism.