In a Human Fabricated World

Yesterday on 54-year-old Stephen Colbert’s televison comedy chat show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, had 59-year-old Neil deGrasse, you know the astrophysicist, both of these gentlemen, with every television appearance, it’s their dyed hair that instantly becomes the subject of attention, which has me wondering in this age of Google image and search, deceit of appearance should be the very last thing on anyone’s mind trying to pull off a deception of image, it’s always these likeminded over the hill guys and dolls employed in this engagement, its as if with this lying about their true image opens up some endearment that was not there before. The televison viewing public either likes you or not, no one judges a televison personality simply because they are as old as the rising sun or as new as a new born babe, so, please stop kidding yourselves and by extension us in this fakery of your image, stop living in this ‘as you once was’ land, stop the mendacity and just appear as your current selves, warts and all, I for one will like you all the more for it. A well false sculptured appearance was once only in the domain of Hollywood types with box-office, but now we find it everywhere among all the television luminary practicing celebritorium, I cringe with the urge to barf every time one of them comes into view, I’m thinking of all those over the hill journalists and politicians, thinking we are hanging on their every word because they look so young in their newly dyed fake head of hair, when we would envy and be aroused by their work even if they were baldheaded, green faced and snaggletoothed.  

“In a commentary this week (August 24, 2012) on Morning Edition, (NPR) Frank Deford said the “proof is in the pudding.” A listener wrote in to say that keeping proof in a pudding would be messy. The original proverb is: The proof of the pudding is in the eating. And what it meant was that you had to try out food to know whether it was good”. So, inconclusion, its not enough to just look in some sort of perceived enhanced good look, one must be good ‘in’ all things, appearance can help a little but not much if it ain’t in the pudding, so, forgetaboutit…

In a human fabricated world, once it has been determined that a certain ‘look’ is in, everyone would look the same, until, the next new ‘look’ becomes the desired ‘look’ as in every fad of old, now pass the blond hair dye and let us continue in this folly…

More Good Years in Store

How to become and be a movie and televison star was shown by the late Burt Reynolds, over and over again through his many incarnations. What I didn’t know until it was pointed out, through most of them he was wigged, high definition movie and television cameras would have clearly put this lusty he man to shame, perhaps not, I think, although, some claim baldheaded males can appear and be just as virile, if not more so, we will never know, if this discovery would have affected his career in any way. Which brings me to 56-year-old Jim Carry, who is making the comeback rounds, without one shred of displayed aged gray hair, how is that possible and not have it effect his acceptance as an up and coming comeback comedian, I’ll never know. We have been conditioned to accept age deniers on mass that are appearing all over the television dials every day, particularly infesting our television newsrooms and telecasts, the males are made up to look like teen idols, the females as high school cheerleaders, many well into their last good years, you know the blond types, and still amass of all this fakery we watch with what should have been a belated eye, which we currently do without any regrets or shame.  

The 22nd Season

At first as a long-time viewer of The View on ABC, was pleased in the welcoming its 22nd season, however, am announcing that I am now placing my auto record DVR of The View on suspension because The View screen has just become too cluttered with text to be enjoyed. Nothing is more annoying to me then watching a televison program of discussion or news programing, with the added annoyance of subject banners, I don’t want to read what was just said or will be said, I tune in to watch and listen, not to do a lot of reading, most programs that dare to display banners seem to me want to and try to corral the viewer into something they should be aware of when the discovering is part of the viewer experience in and around in their own time. Another new annoyance is the topic billboard of future subjects to be discussed, I for one like to be surprised, don’t want to be able to look forward with any expectations, as in can’t wait until some announced subject is open to discussion. Has The View taken on a new make-up artist? it seems the vision of greasy lips have suddenly become excessive when they were once only a pittance in view.

One last thought, The View is not the first nor the last television show to use technology that may not have been available in the past, to use it now because its new and simple to use is folly, just because its available does not mean it should be used. Televison shows of the 1950’s were easy on the eyes, they were very simple to look at and to produce, being fancy was so much trouble it was avoided, fancy was out, concentration was placed on content, then, that’s what was in. Many of us television aficionados, curse the technology of the news crawl every day, when a story is breaking, and CNN is tried as ‘the’ network to watch…    

Hair Dying to Report the News on Television

The two major party candidates running for President in 2016 dyed their hair, based on the perception, good looks win votes, not the expressed soundness of political judgement and reasoning, but appearance as if in a beauty pageant. The rest of the country may not be aware that the two major candidates viving for the governorship of New York State, dye their hair too. One a 60-year-old male in jet black dyed hair and a 52-year-old female, who was once an actress, somehow seem to have been given a pass because of that and being female too, since all females of a certain age dye their hair, its what’s expected and is well documented. Few electors appear to give one good hoot, about all this hair fakery, as if it’s the way of politics, has accepted it in some form or another since the 1960 Kennedy vs Nixon debates when the contest seem to weigh on the televison appearances vs the radio arguments put forward by both candidates. But what seem troubling to me, are the appearance fakery that has crept into television news reporting, appearance journalism, the blond bimbo types of all ages and the way-over the hill males, that seem to be saying, trust me, I’m younger than I really am, or appear to be, let us not forget those younger ones trying to pass as even younger, circumventing the salt and pepper stage of hair aging, most of whom can be seen on Morning Joe, I know, because I DVR this program, daily…

Abby Huntsman

I had planned to write something sarcastic about the greasy lips on Abby Huntsman that was on display on her first day appearing as the new co-host of ABC’s The View, instead, since most people don’t bother to read Wikipedia bios, I thought I would excerpt part of hers for you, the loyal blog readers of mine…  

“Abigail Haight Huntsman (born May 1, 1986) is a television personality who has been hired to co-host ABC’s The View. Previously she was a general assignment reporter for Fox News Channel and co-host of Fox & Friends. Prior to working at Fox, she was a host on MSNBC. She is a daughter of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., who also served as U.S. Ambassador to China under President Barack Obama and currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to Russia under President Donald Trump”.

Her family background and work experiences more than qualifiers her for the coveted spot as a co-host on The View, now lets just see how those greasy lips can spin…

Seeing Aint Believing

Yesterday, I watched The Shunning, a 2011 TV movie on Amazon Prime, it was at about 60% into its viewing, that I noticed that I had been conditioned, before I realized that up to that point, most of the characters, although of multi generations, appeared without any aged gray hair. Me, and everyone else for that matter, conditioning begins with the viewing of a news program. Today, I watched the opening of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, a special PBS NewsHour presentation, with 71-year-old Judy Woodruff, 66-year-old Marcia Coyle, 39-year-old Roman Martinez and 42-year-old Elizabeth Wydra, as part of the conditioning of anyone viewing a news program or even entertainment programing on television, to expect to observe a world of people living in and appearing without any aged gray hair, with aged gray hair becoming nonexistent, a condition now considered to be quite normal.

Ten, Too Many?

If I was about to spend a hour on the single subject of, say the Brooklyn Bridge, how many images of that bridge do you think would be required? One or two at the top of the program, ok, maybe ten altogether, from start to finish. I’ve just watched The Rachel Maddow Show, the single subject was Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in both assorted stills and clips it took Rachel over 45 boring images, many in repeated repetition, to focus the telling of her anecdotes on him, by its conclusion of the program, by simply closing my eyes, all that was visible to my mind’s eye, was Judge Kavanaugh…I expect will be in view for many days to come…unless someone else tells another single bio-story using just one image… Now, you may ask, how could this have been worse? If the subject had been Trump, then we could have looked forward to viewing over a hundred images of him as per usual…day in day out lest anyone forgets what he looks like, a never ending happening…