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Stating the very very obvious

It is worth repeating at this point the theories that Ford had
come up with, on his first encounter with human beings, to
account for their peculiar habit of continually stating and
restating the very very obvious, as it 'It's a nice day,'' or
''You're very tall,'' or ''So this is it, we're going to die.''

His first theory was that if human beings didn't keep exercising
their lips, their mouths probably seized up.

After a few months of observation he had come up with a second
theory, which was this - ''If human beings don't keep exercising
their lips, their brains start working.''


I just listened to the archived Terry Gross interview with Richard Clarke:

http://freshair.npr.org/day_fa.jhtml?displayValue=day&todayDate=03/24/2004

And now I feel the need to state what many of you will consider so obvious as to scarcely merit a mention, but here goes...

Television is stupid. Watching television, particularly television news, and then thinking and discussing topics according to the framework presented in television terms and in television timeframes makes you stupid. Compared to the Fresh Air interview with Richard Clarke, everything I've heard said by or about Clarke on television reduces to a cartoon... a bumper sticker... to something so simplistic and stupid as to sink beneath either amusement or contempt.

Television is stupid and TV news is the stupidest of the stupid.

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low_key
Mar. 30th, 2004 04:30 pm (UTC)
Preach on brotha!

It's not called Faux News for nothing!

I gave up on tv news a long time ago. I've found the best place for news is from livejournal groups...given all the stories have the particular political slant of what I believe, but at least I here stuff that doesn't seem to be reported on.
sgnp
Mar. 30th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
This is why I only watch cartoons.

Cartoons reduced to cartoons stay cartoons, only better.
kmo
Mar. 30th, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)
Cartoons reduced to cartoons
The best of the best.
sgnp
Mar. 30th, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Cartoons reduced to cartoons
Or, perhaps, Itchy and Scratchy.
gentlemaitresse
Mar. 30th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
I got rid of my TV over ten years ago. I've never regretted it, and I believe I'm a more interesting person than I would have been.

Most people can only discuss current events in terms of what they saw some talking head on television say about it. What a sad state of affairs.
footsandwich
Mar. 31st, 2004 04:51 am (UTC)
wow. i listened to that interview when it came on fresh air originally, but then i was thinking about it and decided to listen to it again yesterday because i thought it was such a good interview and made so much sense. i almost posted in my journal about it, too. we must have a psychic connection.
kmo
Mar. 31st, 2004 06:08 am (UTC)
we must have a psychic connection
Either that, or we have similiar ideas about what constitutes good journalism.

You can find other long-format interviews in the media sphere (e.g. Charley Rose, Larry King), but none of the ones on television seem to be able to get past the superficialities of that medium. They just splash around in the kiddie pool for 45 minutes and never move toward the deep end. Thank you, Terry Gross.
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