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matthewota
2008-Dec-08, 06:02 AM
I found this in a post and I found it to be very relevant.

"Americans are notorious for caring more about stupid celebrities than real news"

I agree, except that I am one American who does not follow celebrity news.
I watch BBC news instead of US local news as it does not have entertainment news in it.

jokergirl
2008-Dec-08, 06:53 AM
I think that's a phenomenon in the whole western world. Or at least in the media. They like to write about celebrities. I for one never read any of that either.

;)

sarongsong
2008-Dec-08, 08:41 AM
...I fount it to be very relevant.To what?

megrfl
2008-Dec-08, 02:45 PM
I agree, except that I am one American who does not follow celebrity news.

I think you are preaching to the choir. :)

tdvance
2008-Dec-08, 03:00 PM
Of course, what do most people (at least in my circle) think of entertainment magazines and newspapers? The latter are also called "supermarket tabloids" and the former are just "slicker" versions!

You don't need too high a percentage of the population to make a magazine sell like hotcakes. 1% is about 3 million, and you know it's more than 1%!

Whirlpool
2008-Dec-08, 03:27 PM
Hollywood Stories are fun to read .

HenrikOlsen
2008-Dec-08, 04:31 PM
I actually find them an entirely valid subject to report on, but as entertainment, not as news.

Fazor
2008-Dec-08, 04:33 PM
I don't think I quite agree with "Americans care more about celebranews." Media reports it more, but in my experience, most people just roll their eyes and say "so what?"

Another case of tv and print execs that "know what the people want!" ... whilst being completely out of touch with what people really want.

Rhaedas
2008-Dec-08, 04:37 PM
Great minds discuss ideas,
Average minds discuss events,
Small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Fazor
2008-Dec-08, 05:18 PM
Great minds discuss ideas,
Average minds discuss events,
Small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

So, you're discussing a person? (Specifically, something they said). Should we read between the lines? :) Sorry, just kidding. Just found it to be an ironic quote in it's own obtuse way.

MarkB
2008-Dec-08, 05:19 PM
Yeah, why does she get to call the shots?

Rhaedas
2008-Dec-08, 05:30 PM
So, you're discussing a person? (Specifically, something they said). Should we read between the lines? :) Sorry, just kidding. Just found it to be an ironic quote in it's own obtuse way.

I thought it was an idea actually. :D

eric_marsh
2008-Dec-08, 05:51 PM
I could care less about celebrities.

NEOWatcher
2008-Dec-08, 06:32 PM
I could care less about celebrities.
My only exceptions to that rule are...
1) are they starring in a current TV program I like.
2) are they making a movie that sounds like I would like.
And the followup to those is: Will the situation affect the program/movie?

Otherwise; so what. Especially if the program/movie has just been released.

Buttercup
2008-Dec-08, 06:48 PM
I found this in a post and I fount it to be very relevant.

"Americans are notorious for caring more about stupid celebrities than real news"

I agree, except that I am one American who does not follow celebrity news.
I watch BBC news instead of US local news as it does not have entertainment news in it.

It does seem that way. But then I'm chagrined to check various online Canadian, UK, Aus/NZ news sources and there's Paris Hilton and blah blah. I want to know what's going on elsewhere in the world, and it's Paris Hilton? :neutral: :wall: Yes, BBC is a good source -- online and TV.

peteshimmon
2008-Dec-08, 07:03 PM
At least on American news you have the Man
and Woman sitting behind their own desks it
seems. We have to put up with a couple
standing on a podium with both in shot while
each is speaking. When HE speaks, SHE has to
look concerned and sympathetic and every so
often she glances at the MAN lovingly. (I
suspect direction from a producer.."look at
him, dearie!") When SHE speaks, HE has to
look at the camera firmly with occasional
very quick glances at the WOMAN.

Can be off putting:)

Fazor
2008-Dec-08, 08:09 PM
Oh jeeze yes; nothing's more awkward than two anchors in the same shot, whilst only one talks for any notable amount of time.

Plus you can almost see the non-speaking anchor trying to look one last time over their notes before it's their turn to speak, while still looking like they give a rat's-hiney for what the counterpart is saying.

Argos
2008-Dec-08, 08:15 PM
Nulities in the media itīs a worldwide phenomenon. The report has been unfair singling out the Americans.

Jeff Root
2008-Dec-08, 09:19 PM
Social people are interested in people; asocial people are more often
interested in things.

Yes? No?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Fazor
2008-Dec-08, 09:33 PM
I'm anti-social with an interest in people--I need to know where they are and what they're doing in order to avoid them. ;)

kleindoofy
2008-Dec-08, 09:38 PM
Great minds discuss ideas,
Average minds discuss events,
Small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
I didn't bother reading anything in the posts above. Boooooring.

Could somebody just please tell me what Britney did this afternoon?

I really gotta knowz.

ktxs, cu, lol.

;)

hhEb09'1
2008-Dec-08, 10:03 PM
Americans did not invent paparazzi :)

Great minds discuss ideas,
Average minds discuss events,
Small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
If you don't have anything nice to say about someone, come sit here by me

- usually attibuted to Alice Longworth Roosevelt but some people think it came from Steel Magnolias


So, you're discussing a person? Yes.

She also gave her philosophy of life: "Fill what's empty, empty what's full, and scratch where it itches."

Swift
2008-Dec-08, 10:05 PM
I'm anti-social with an interest in people--I need to know where they are and what they're doing in order to avoid them. ;)
:lol:

tdvance
2008-Dec-08, 10:39 PM
She also gave her philosophy of life: "Fill what's empty, empty what's full, and scratch where it itches."

wait--that sounds like an infinite loop there....

hhEb09'1
2008-Dec-08, 11:36 PM
That's life!

Until you're out of scratch

eric_marsh
2008-Dec-09, 03:22 AM
Great minds discuss ideas,
Average minds discuss events,
Small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

That's very good. I've always considered myself to be an idea person.

eric_marsh
2008-Dec-09, 03:23 AM
I didn't bother reading anything in the posts above. Boooooring.

Could somebody just please tell me what Britney did this afternoon?

I really gotta knowz.

ktxs, cu, lol.

;)

My room is a cage
The sun streams through the window,
the bellhops are at my door
like those little soldiers
who want to take me away.

I don't want to work,
I don't want to lunch
I only want to forget and so I smoke.

Veeger
2008-Dec-09, 04:21 AM
Nulities in the media itīs a worldwide phenomenon. The report has been unfair singling out the Americans.

No doubt. I know the tabloid press thrives in the UK and when I lived in Italy there was no shortage of scandalous gossip. I can only extrapolate and assume it is the same in other parts of the world.

peteshimmon
2008-Dec-09, 02:18 PM
Another thing about news programs is how they
treat them like other shows full of features!
They will list the most dreadful tragedies
and evil and then say, "all this and more!".
And I expect cop chase shows are on all over
the World these days. Do the police actually
turn on some background beat music when they
get going? Or is that put in at the studio.
We are watching people put themselves and
others in deadly danger and idiots put it
to a beat!

Unbelievable!

Buttercup
2008-Dec-09, 02:22 PM
At least on American news you have the Man
and Woman sitting behind their own desks it
seems. We have to put up with a couple
standing on a podium with both in shot while
each is speaking. When HE speaks, SHE has to
look concerned and sympathetic and every so
often she glances at the MAN lovingly. (I
suspect direction from a producer.."look at
him, dearie!") When SHE speaks, HE has to
look at the camera firmly with occasional
very quick glances at the WOMAN.

Can be off putting:)

That occurs here, in the local broadcasts, with generally "co-supportive" looks. And they share a desk.

suntrack2
2008-Dec-09, 04:49 PM
you know sometime people get boaring from their routines so they found for themselves some different path on the tv, so looking other channel can take back anyone to the right option, what I mean to say having multidimentional activity on the tv remote is much welcome.

Gillianren
2008-Dec-09, 05:00 PM
If you don't have anything nice to say about someone, come sit here by me

- usually attibuted to Alice Longworth Roosevelt but some people think it came from Steel Magnolias

Sadly, I have no doubt of that latter. I've seen a picture of Alice and the pillow, though.

I discuss ideas, events, and people, as most people do.

matthewota
2008-Dec-09, 06:59 PM
Great minds discuss ideas,
Average minds discuss events,
Small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


Actually my studies show the quote attributed to Hyman Rickover, but in actuality nobody knows who originally said it. Good quote, though.

matthewota
2008-Dec-09, 07:02 PM
At least on American news you have the Man
and Woman sitting behind their own desks it
seems. We have to put up with a couple
standing on a podium with both in shot while
each is speaking. When HE speaks, SHE has to
look concerned and sympathetic and every so
often she glances at the MAN lovingly. (I
suspect direction from a producer.."look at
him, dearie!") When SHE speaks, HE has to
look at the camera firmly with occasional
very quick glances at the WOMAN.

Can be off putting:)


Something similar happens in Japanese news broadcasting, to the point where they call the female anchors the "So deska girls" as they just nod to and comment in agreement to what the male newscaster says.

peteshimmon
2008-Dec-10, 06:40 PM
Another sad aspect of current news reports is
the images chosen to illustrate a story. Last
night it was shots of the brickwork of some
tenement building in London. No doubt many
respectable tenants live there but the
subliminal message was "here be welfare scum!*