Monday, May 10, 2010

Distracting News Broadcasts

When I was a kid, sometimes when I'd watch news, a lady in a small oval would appear in the lower corner and sign for the deaf viewers. I used to think that was distracting, but these days things are getting ridiculous. Today if you watch a news cast, there are stock prices streaming across the bottom of the screen. These are interupted with developing news story flashes and sports scores. Then you have special effects sounds and fancy visuals flashing on the screen between stories.

If that wasn't bad enough, many news programs and shows today do their broadcast with people walking by in the back ground. These people frequently stop and stare and waive to the camera. Some people are drawn to a camera and instinctively act foolish much like a moth is drawn to the light. I guess the real blame for that kind of activity lies with the news program director. Why would they want to permit the attention seeker factor to interfere with their broadcast? Can you imagine if they filmed 60 Minutes on a busy street behind a glass window? I can imagine people making blowfish on the glass and flexing behind Ed Bradley the whole time. Just once, I'd like to see someone sneak up behind these people as they are dancing or waiving for attention and zap them with a taser while they are showing off. That would be an entertaining news broadcast!

These obnoxious attention seekers remind me of a skit Jim Carey used to do on In Living Color.

8 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Oh, man, Jim Carrey was so funny!!

And I hear you about all the crap on the bottom of the screen. Listen, all we need is a shirtless Christian Bale, flashing us.

Cheeseboy said...

HA HA! I had forgotten about that Carey sketch. So funny.

We have a local newscast here in which people try and get in. LOCAL and they are being idiots in the background.

And don't get me started on the Jumbotron at sporting events.

Carmen said...

HAHA!

Chaka said...

Cheeseboy- I know the station you are talking about. I can't stand to watch it. Who would conduct their entire news cast with people walking down the street in the background who stop and stare in the windows?

Eve said...

Oh my goodness... that was HILARIOUS!!

MikkSolo said...

S M I L E !

Eric said...

Maybe there needs to be a newscast that puts random people on the street in the FOREGROUND, and they quietly read the teleprompter from behind the people unaware that they are part of the newscast. That would serve them right!

Lisa Loo said...

Can I be the taser guy??!!