Is it just me, or does the general level of discourtesy in the media and elsewhere get to you?
I enjoy being an informed viewer/listener when it comes to news and talk shows, but lately I've had a lot of trouble with the increasing levels of rudeness shown by hosts and guests of these programs. While their proclaimed mission is to keep us informed, the reality is that the way this "information" is presented prevents ANYONE from hearing what's attempting to be said.
Now, when I mention talk show hosts that interrupt, many people will jump immediately to the interview by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly where he repeatedly interrupts President Barack Obama. O'Reilly himself explains these interruptions. "The truth is that TV interviewers who want to get answers must--must--interrupt their guests," he said in an interview shortly thereafter.
But, while pesky, I would say that this particular interview of Mr. O'Reilly's was still "garden-variety interruption." What really puts me over the top is the continual, constant, shout-fest where neither host (sometimes multiples) and guest (also sometimes multiple) cannot get a word in edge-wise. Political debates used to be the preferred forum for this kind of "Interrupt-itis," and that arena is still alive-and-well for politicians who try to out-talk each other. But, sadly, the problem has leaked into every nook and cranny of our media world: Click on the clip below to get a taste of what I'm talking about:
In the spirit of helpfulness, I'd like to offer a few tips that might make this process go a little more smoothly and help those of us who are trying to pay attention to what you have to say... (more…)