Rosie O’Donnell Can Blow My Dogs
OK, this is probably old news, but I just found a Newsweek from a few weeks ago that really pissed me off. The issue’s cover reads “Can Rosie O’Donnell Clean Up Trash TV?” with a picture of the OompaLoompa herself crossing her fingers and looking like she’s chewing tin foil. The article talks about how “mean” is out and “nice” is in. Excuse me, can someone tell me when TV was anything but total and complete crap? Does anyone except this writer with a lame thesis to prove think that Rosie O’Donnell can change the viewing tastes of trash loving Americans by interviewing Kevin Costner and Emo from Sesame Street?
The article goes on to use completely sketchy evidence (Coolio vs Snoop, Leno vs Letterman) that America’s tastes are getting nicer. This seems more like trend manufacturing than trend reporting. They take a bunch of shots at Pearl Jam, calling them “whiners”. Pearl Jam has taken lots of media hits for their stand against Ticketmaster. Personally, I think their music sucks and I could care less how they spend their money, but it’s really interesting to see the way different media strongholds have declared Pearl Jam’s 15 minutes over when they attempted to use their popularity to try attacking evil entertainment monsters like Ticketbastard. A little suspicious if you ask me.
It seems a lot of established media poopers are currently playing up to the suddenly more vocal “Clean Up TV” bullshit campaign that threatens to disengage the last few bastions of quality TV; sex and violence. All the pseudonews publications are rushing to be a part of the new family movement, which itself is nothing more than a cyclical upswing in media coverage of twerps who want the world Leave It To Beaverized and childproofed so that they never have to talk their kids about things they themselves are uncomfortable with.
Exploiting sex and scandal for its ability to sell, while at the same time condemning it is a classic tabloid technique dating back to Gutenberg himself, evident in shows like “A Current Affair” and “Inside Edition”. It seems making morality shifts to match with a perceived “national mood” is not beneath the purveyors of fine journalism either. It makes you wonder who is really setting the agenda of America, or at least trying to.