It might be okay if you are in the middle of a war zone, forest fire, hurricane or unable to make it to anything resembling a television studio, but for the most part, allowing yourself to be interviewed while peering intently at the camera on your computer all-too-often makes you look it seem as though you are just a few fries short of a Happy Meal.
This is especially the case when you are perhaps talking about world-wide conspiracies to hide the “truth” from the public on . . . alien visitors from the stars, for example, or the Masonic/Vatican links to the cancellation of Gilligan’s Island.
Even more so if you dart your head back and forth, as if to emphasize your points.
I actually think that the cameras that come with today’s computers are a great thing, and I am always impressed when someone is able to send a report from a far-off location, whether they be covering armed conflicts, or disasters around the world.
You can have too much of a good thing, though, and when “documentaries” about such important subjects as Nazis and space aliens, aliens helping the ancient Egyptians, aliens aiding in the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, and George Washington having contact with beings from beyond the stars . . . well, you get the point.
To wander into the Woods of Digression briefly, has anyone noticed that the very same folks who claim that aliens aided the Egyptians also often claim that the the space folk aided the Jews to escape from the very same Egyptians? Sometimes in the very same program?
I suspect they’d rather we not notice this.
Leaving the Woods, we find ourselves once more facing the men (and they are, primarily, guys) who seem to believe that glaring at their computer monitors will somehow enhance their Jedi mind powers, and draw us us into their world.
There are, of course, ways around this. Folks don’t actually have to lean so far forward that it looks as though they might spill into our laps - they might at times practice sitting back in their chair, for example.
Extreme emotional intensity - unless you are reporting from that aforementioned war zone or natural disaster - actually works against you, especially if you are trying to convince me that space people had nothing better to do than help early humans with architectural projects.
Then again, since most of these “interviews” aren’t actually Q&A sessions, one could always set up a camera on a tripod in their office, garden, or even their doctor’s waiting room (waiting for meds to be refilled, perhaps), and impart the information we so desperately need in a manner which might just possibly come across more like 60 Minutes than a scene from The Blair Witch Project. Then you can send that damn recording to any of the cable networks which persist in showing these “documentaries” to the intellectually unwary.
That’s just me, though. For all I know there may well be thousands of folks who are more readily convinced of an argument if the person making it looks as though they expect jack-booted Men in Black to kick in their door at any second.
Writing letters to my TV set
So annoyed was I last weekend listening to one “ancient astronaut theorists” repeating a story which is patently false on not one, but two shows, that I wrote a letter to him, via his website.
No reply as of yet, which, of course, merely sets the stage for a future blog . . .
Quote of the Day
All publicity is good, except an obituary notice. - Brendan Behan