It begins with the dawn chorus of drivel called breakfast television and reaches its zenith during the evening current affairs shows.
I’m working on my theory of why we must endure the almost physically painful sermonising of the unevolved uncle of the nation – Mike Hosking.
In these fractured wired times – when everyone’s otherwise digitally occupied, television is replacing the low inconsequential domestic hum that emanated from the living rooms of the nation in the days when families still gathered to watch David Attenborough and chat.
It’s the electronic version of phatic communion – the noises humans make to each other – ‘Uh-huh’ ‘Have a nice day’ – to reassure ourselves we’re not alone in an uncaring universe.
Knowing this makes the electronic Valium no easier to take.
I’ve had better conversations with a budgie than what passes for banter most nights on Seven Sharp or Story.
Now there’s The Friday Story – which promises ‘a lighter take’ on the week.
Lighter than Story?
Strap yourself in or you’ll float away.
The Friday version cuts straight to the witter in a commercial half hour of random chat undiluted by much information of any kind. In a triumph of optimism over experience,
I’d hoped for a modern iteration of The Ralston Group.
The episodes I’ve watched so far reveal The Friday Story to be yet another fairground horse on the galloping MediaWorks carousel of self-promotion.
(ed:..the listener used to be essential reading for me – and diana witchel was one of the main draws..
..it’s been a while since the listener went behind a paywall – and i stopped buying dead-tree-media..and no more witchel..
..such a national treasure should not be behind a bloody paywall..
..this piece is clear evidence of that..
..i agree that hosking/garner are unwatchable/mind-numbing drivel..
and if you must have broadcast tv @ 7 pm…james corden on duke..?..surely..?..)
update: plus of course there is the bradbury talkfest on waatea news..
this week the panelists are david cunnliffe (proving yet again he is one of the best assets the labour party has..)
nandor tanczos phoning in from somewhere..
..and some lecturer from dunedin uni also phoning in..
..the conversations were interesting.the topics well handled..(especially when compared with the anti-intellectual/dumbing-down fluff from hosk/garn et al..)
..and my only gripe would be two of the panelists just on the phone…
..it’s 2016….was skype down/broken..?