Friday, August 03, 2007

When words have no value, no one will pay attention

Do you remember way back, 1992 maybe, when CNN's Breaking News graphic used to actually mean something? It wasn't just a chyron (fancy news word for "words on a screen") back then, but a three-dimensional graphic that spun from right to left across your entire screen. It was so important that it was accompanied by a voice-over from James Earl Jones. Darth f'ing Vader himself, people.

But now? Every damn thing is breaking news. And if it's not breaking news, it's a developing story. And if it's not a developing story, then it's new video.

The newsmerizing coverage of this week's big story drives home this point. Just this morning, here was the breaking news out of Minneapolis:

Red Cross has set up a family assistance center.

That's breaking?

The visual pollution on my TV screen is worse than a superfund site, and there's no one around willing to clean it up.

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Anonymous holy moses said...

BREAKING NEWS......

We no longer have news shows, just infotainment. They have become delivery systems for advertisements. Your proud profession is beginning to look like the world's oldest profession.

And yes, it is a developing story....

August 03, 2007  
Anonymous bean stringfellow said...

How about ESPN? Breaking News - Barry Bonds - still one HR away from Hank Aaron.

Breaking News on ESPN is defined as anything that has happened within the last week.

August 03, 2007  
Anonymous Mrs. NB said...

My favorite was one from a few weeks ago on MSNBC - BREAKING NEWS - Horse stuck in a canyon in California. I know things get slow in the summer, but really???

August 03, 2007  
Blogger Sebastian Dangerfield said...

I haven't been able to watch TV/listen to radio news in years (well, except for weei). They're just peddling product to the unwashed masses- FOX in Sisterfuck, AL- NPR in Red Cambridge.

I rely on The Economist: News as journalists should report it. It fucking breaks my heart to pay such a compliment to bum licking limes, but the facts be the facts.

August 03, 2007  
Blogger nate said...

chyron - that's a pretty good scrabble word.

August 03, 2007  

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