22 December, 2005

It's madness gone politically correct

You work your fingers to the bone ridiculing the news and then reality, that old bitch, slaps you right in the kisser with a story so bizzare - that in the words of the patron saint of rambling idocy Richard Littlejohn "You couldn't make it up"

SANTA FE, New Mexico (AP) -- Lawyers for David Letterman want a judge to quash a restraining order granted to a Santa Fe woman who contends the CBS late-night host used code words to show he wanted to marry her and train her as his co-host.

A state judge granted a temporary restraining order to Colleen Nestler, who alleged in a request filed last Thursday that Letterman has forced her to go bankrupt and caused her "mental cruelty" and "sleep deprivation" since May 1994.

Nestler requested that Letterman, who tapes his show in New York, stay at least 3 yards away and not "think of me, and release me from his mental harassment and hammering."

Brrr gibber gibber... it may be time to relax over the festive period, get some rest, then ingest what Terence McKenna would describe as a "heroic dose" of psilocybin mushrooms and really get down to some gonzo reportage.

9 Step to the white courtesy phone:

Blogger MadMondo shout your mess

Perhaps judges have their own festive party game similar to Chicken (each person has to say an offensive word louder than the last person and the loser is the one who noticed by those not playing) In Judge Chicken the players make more and more ludicrous judgements and the loser is the one to first have their case and the ruling demmed insane.

December 22, 2005 3:54 pm

 
Blogger Ghone shout your mess

Is it me or does the US have far more that it's fair share of nutters???
Totally fruit-loop-crazy-mango-donkey-woman!

December 22, 2005 8:11 pm

 
Blogger MadMondo shout your mess

Ghone - I was thinking the same: 5 times the population of the UK and a thousand times nuttier. Must be all the LSD the Goverment puts in the water.

December 22, 2005 10:34 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous shout your mess

Certainly the woman is crazy, but is there any truth to her claim?

What the general public does not realize, is that all broadcast stations and many specific television shows are playing the Mooks and shearing the Sheeple.

Every broadcast network tries to collect as much information as possible from the public, about its programs. There are many ways that this is done. Numerous television shows will also separately collect, analyze and use feedback from the public. Every word of every letter or email sent to a television station or program is scrutinized. Details as to likes and dislikes are gleaned, and the information is used to provide direction, as well as develop new material. Personal anecdotes from the viewers are captured and the core messages of these mini stories are likely to be incorporated into the show.

This is referred to as reflecting. Reflecting back to the fans, that which they divulge in their communiqués. It is a strategy very similar to the ‘cold reading’ technique performed by tarot card readers. The Mark is not aware of how much they are revealing, or to what purpose their entanglement might be used.

There are practical reasons for generating and perpetuating communications with viewers. It is difficult to know public sentiment while preoccupied with a daily show. Anything the public has to say may be used in creating content. It is difficult to continually come up with new ideas and things to say without regular input from the audience, as well as other sources. It is easy to become stale in a relatively brief period of time and the ratings will immediately reflect it.

However the application of such practices can and does lead to collateral damage. The Mark or Mook is being lead-on. There are ample teasers in the form of buzzwords, gestures and visuals which are intended to excite the interested person or persons. Instigation, antagonism and other forms of provocation are often used to whip up the target. Taking their cue from ubiquitous good cop bad cop scenes, the program creators push whatever buttons they can detect.

Creating conflict between a show and individuals or certain groups or other shows is all part of hightening the drama. It contributes to creating a sense of edginess which translates into ratings and dollars. The dance they dance can be dangerous for mentally unstable individuals, from within the viewing public.

The cast members and writers of sophisticated daily television programs share ideas and information. They collaborate. Writers who work for multiple programs bring with them the knowledge and ideas generated by their other gigs. The friendships that develop among members of different shows, mostly on the same network, are used to assist each other in various ways, such as promoting each other’s projects and programs and playing the Mooks.

It is all part of creating buzz, and it is easy for the dramatis personae and crew to transgress. The heady buzz created in the pursuit of ratings and dollars makes it easy to break ethical standards. Unfortunately for an unsuspecting few, the fantasy of television can become their reality and the result is devastating. The only real question that remains is whether the network programs are culpable, or not.

December 25, 2005 5:43 pm

 
Blogger Chris shout your mess

Hi Anonymous, glad you could make it.

It all sounds like a lot of work, I think we'll just see what's been successfull on the rival channel and do a re-tread at a car boot sale, with ballroom dancing.

I think Kate Thornton's available.

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