This is about Morning ‘news’ programs. I use quotation marks for news because I’m not sold on the idea that they are providing me with news or valuable information or even something that is vaguely entertaining.
What I am sure about is that they have an extremely low opinion of their audience’s intelligence. So much so that every time I even see an ad for a morning show I can just feel my brain cells killing one another. And the brain cell genocide continues until it stops and my senses are no longer being assaulted by this paltry drivel.
It’s not just the content either. It’s the way the people talk to one another. Or they don’t talk so much as flirt. And they don’t flirt so much as act in a way that there particular stereotype dictates.
And if my brain cells weren’t so busy killing one another they might just keel over and die from the absolute boredom of it all.
I find the dumbing down of media offensive. Offensive enough that when I’m faced with this dumbing down my internal rage starts to create a slightly weird, slightly creepy eye twitch.
You know what one of my favourite stories is? One of my favourite authors wrote a book about how they wrote their most successful series. Needless to say writing a book about writing a book is fascinating for geeks everywhere. At a certain point he was having an argument with his editor over the inclusion of a particular word that the editor didn’t believe the vast majority of his audience would know the meaning of. His response: What’s the worst thing that could happen? They pick up a damn dictionary?! The word stayed.
I can handle entertainment that is dumb on purpose. I enjoy Kendra as much as the next person. I don’t concede that the reality television is a guilty pleasure because I don’t feel guilty about it. It’s not reality television passing itself off as freaking amazing, thought provoking TV. It knows exactly what it is.
But Morning shows. You don’t get to infomercial me up, present fluff piece after fluff piece, intentionally ignore that there is anything more than one side to every story, intentionally perpetuate every stereotype known to man, and then act as if you aren’t actively engaged in lowest common denominator journalism and the dumbification of the universe.
My brain cells are screaming.