I wanted to post something about these last week, but jury duty ate my available brain cells. Just a couple of things I came across in pop culture that gave me pause:
1. Last weekend I was watching X-Men on tv and during the commercials they were showing previews of the new Hulk movie. At the end of the clip, they showed the typical frame with the credits, etc. But something at the bottom caught my eye. It went away fast enough (I wasn’t watching on Tivo so couldn’t go back) that I had to make a point of watching for it again. And sure enough, I wasn’t seeing things. There on the bottom of the screen:
Really? Nevermind the gratuitous violence that a movie like Hulk is guaranteed to have, the likelihood of questionable language or whatever else may be present, this is what Hollywood feels they need to warn people about? Wow.
2. Tomato mania led to this handy chart from the Today show. I saw it on screen on the show and, fortunately for my blogging purposes, they posted a similar graphic on their website.
My thought: Who is watching this coverage and thinking, “I wonder if those tomatoes out on my patio are responsible for this nationwide salmonella outbreak?” Either they get more calls from these nutjobs than we realize if they don’t include that bit of information and so include it as a preventive measure, or they really hold their audience in such low regard that they include it to be helpful.
Having worked the switchboard at a major metropolitan daily paper, I’m inclined to believe the first; having seen some of the drivel they pass off as news on the third and now fourth hour of that program, I don’t doubt the second.