There was a time when News Shows would introduce their panel of Talking Heads and there would be only 2 Talking Heads on the panel talking their heads. The current political season seems to have promulgated Talking Head Panel Inflation...
My heavens! That’s 9 Talking Heads each vying for a precious few moments to convey to us (the breathless folks back home) their Sage Bits of Wisdom.
I intentionally said “bits” because that’s all the show has time for them to spew out before it’s the next head’s turn or that next Hard Break (that’s what they call a commercial).
All of them talk very fast and their eyes get wide as they speak. I once thought this was because they were bursting with information but now realize they are frantic to get out what they want to say (or have been told to say) before they lose their turn or the next Hard Break arrives.
It could be worse. The show is the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer & Wolfie is not at the Talking Table.
I just put on my See Into The Future Hat & here is what I see...
Ø The Talking Tables of the future will expand to the point where there will be hundreds of Talking Heads at the Talking Tables.
Ø Initially they will be limited to a single sentence but over time that will be whittled down to a single word.
Ø There will be red lights in front of each Head and, if he dares say more than 1 word, the light will come on, a buzzer will sound and his mike will be cut off.
Ø Over time the single words that are spoken will be computerized, tabulated, analyzed and conclusions will be drawn as to what they are trying to tell us.
Ø In the Good Ole USofA we are not allowed to disagree with computer analysis, therefore, we do not flinch when we are told something like, “The Talking Heads (who we all look to for guidance) have been telling us for years that we all ought to Eat More Purple Colored Foods Using Chop Sticks”.
Would I kid u?
Lagniappe: Gone forever are the days when there were only 2 Talking Heads...
If you are not old enough to remember, allow me to remember for you. The above calm, cool and collected guys are Huntley and Brinkley of NBC News and, when they talked the news at us, their Eyes Did Not Get Big and they never Talked Faster Than Our Ears Could Hear.