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.