Thursday, March 01, 2007

Post Script

Two things related to the above column:

I mentioned Paddy Chayefsky, the brilliant screenwriter who won an Oscar for the film that would become his masterpiece -- 1976's Network. Make no mistake, to this day Network stands as the best movie ever made about the television news business. What Chayefsky had to say about where TV was headed was disturbing for two reasons: first, because it was a damn nihilistic vision; second, because -- in retrospect -- he was absolutely dead-on.

Watch this clip from 1976; listen to Peter Finch's rant -- then, if necessary, go look up the word "prescient."

Somebody came up with the awesome idea of taking some of Chris Hansen's best lines as he reads the dirty e-mails on-air and turning them into a soundboard. If you can make it through him saying, "I would love to taste you" without laughing hysterically, you've got one up on me.

[Chris Hansen Soundboard]


A Bowl Of Stupid said...

1. I don't see we have any options, Chez. Let's kill the son-of-a-bitch.

2. That Chris Hanson soundboard is sheer genius! And absolutely hysterical. I'm sitting in my friends' place in San Fran, and they're looking at me like I'm nuttier than a fruitcake because I can't stop laughing so hard. I can't even pick my favorite sound byte - they're just all so good.

Peter L. Winkler said...

"Paddy Chayefsky can rest peacefully in the knowledge that every single thing he predicted about the future of network television back in 1976 has come to putrid fruition."

Where is Sybil the Soothsayer, unless her function has already been filled by oracular Oprah?

Though not solely devoted to an examination of network TV, Elia Kazan's and Budd Schulberg's A Face In the Crowd has much to say about the influence of mass media. It also boasts an excellent performance from Andy Griffith, making one wish he'd been given more roles like Lonesome Rhodes.

Manny said...

Damnit! I barely made it to "Make it feel really good"!!!

By thunder I swear to make it my life mission to make it all the way to "Do you Masturate"!-

God I need a hobby.....

Anonymous said...

I can see that I will be trying to get a copy of 'Network' to watch. Scary that this was 1976 and comedy/satire becomes reality.

I remember the days when there were shows to watch on tv. Now there seems a wasteland everywhere I turn, with networks crying that the viewers are going away.

I think the answer may turn out to be 'content'. Imagine if we culd just purchase 'content' and watch it on our tv when we want. We could by-pass tv networks and let them finish their death spiral into oblivion.

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