Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

News du Jour

Just what is it with the TV news?

Granted, the Japanese network news programs aren't quite as bad. They at least offer a relatively fair balance of news coverage a good portion of the time (but definitely not ALL the time). But the last time I tried watching CNN and BBC...

World events? BLITVERT MODE!!!!! z-z-z-z-Z I P !

The latest OH, NO, SHOCK on the home front? H O L D I N G P A T T E R N ! ! ! ! !

Had enough? Okay...
Now more from the U.S. presidential photo-op and smear session campaign:

*pant pant pant*

And now for the latest celebrity with an owie on his or her life...which we'll talk about for the next month!!!!!

Anybody else fed up with it? I am. I made a song about it, too:

News du Jour

(Actually, some people have complained that I haven't done any really silly songs for a long time. Hopefully this will satisfy them for a while. It definitely hearkens back to my mid 90s style.)

More info on my Minstrel's Muse site.

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  • yeah, i'm sick of it as well. they had the 2nd presidential debate on tonight and i couldn't even watch it.

    sadly... i've been turning to celebrity gossip lately... not pretty! :) so.. can't wait to hear your scoopage in the coming month!!

    i'm really digging this song!!! how long did it take you to write the lyrics??

    By Blogger Um Naief, at 4:30 AM  

  • i really like the 'little' voice that you do in the middle... cute!

    By Blogger Um Naief, at 4:31 AM  

  • The main stream media has made it clear in no uncertain terms that they are in the tank for Obama. It has gotten so bad that even Bill and Hillary Clinton are openly opposed to him.

    I like Sarah Palin. She has a tenth grade reading level. Biden has an eigth.

    McCain is what he is. A compromiser. He has been in the senate too long to recognize his role as leader.

    By Anonymous Dave, at 7:33 AM  

  • I think The Tubes put it best back in 1979:

    There is no way out
    I am stuck here behind the window
    Tangled in the wires and burned by electricity
    And there's no place left to go for me
    And there's no way out for me

    No way out, no way out for me

    I try to get to my feet
    Feels like I'm glued to my seat
    I try to crawl through the door
    Feels like I'm nailed to the floor

    No way out for me
    No way out, there is no way out for me
    Stranded in the great vast wasteland of my TV
    And there's no place left to go for me
    And there's no way out for me

    Somehow I don't feel the same
    I can't remember my name
    If there was only a chance
    to struggle out of this trance

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 11:40 AM  

  • oops. posted early.

    Anyhoo, that's why I don't watch much TV.

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 11:41 AM  

  • Um Naief
    They were discussing that debate on the news here last night, and even the Japanese anchorpersons were aghast. They made a big deal out of the fact that Obama tried to be rational and stick to a purely explanatory approach concerning his own platform, at least at first, whereas McCain spent the whole time just trying to smear Obama's character and credibility. Obama finally got fed up and started resorting to mudslinging himself. My respect for McCain (which was shaky to begin with) took a sharp nosedive. It's hard to blame Obama for getting irritated, but he lost his cool and fell into the pen. That's a strong mark against him, too.

    Some of those lyrics were lines I've had bouncing around in my head awaiting possible use for weeks. However, actually sitting down and penning the lyrics took about twenty minutes...far longer than I expected. I ran up against a couple of walls and revised a couple of lines several times. (I don't usually do that.) I started recording the vocal lines immediately after that.

    I first tried to use the vocal processor in SONAR to raise the pitch of my voice during that middle segment to make it sound really ditzy. What I got sounded like a cross between a chipmunk and a little green man from outer space, so I gave up and just did the vocalization myself (with a bit of tone-tweaking, etc. to make it sound a bit less lame).

    I'm getting worried about all these reports starting to pop up about Obama already using his campaign funds to reward certain people. If there is any truth to these allegations, it could be worse than Clinton was.

    As for McCain, I'd say he has his head too firmly buried in the sands of the Cold War and is too eager to get back to militant global polarization.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 11:46 AM  

  • Oh, and Palin scares me too much.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 11:48 AM  

  • Snabulus
    Don't cry, don't raise your eyes.
    It's only TV wasteland.

    Um...wait a minute...

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 12:53 PM  

  • TV? What's that? One of these days I'm going to get up on the roof and take down the big ugly antenna - not hooked up to anything anyway. Of course the garbage is on the news sites on the net, but at least we have some control over that and choose what story to focus on.

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 5:03 PM  

  • Cool song. I think the middle section sounded a bit 70s, which I liked.

    I'm becoming apolitical again - not paying attention to the news or the debates. I think I'm just going to sit back and wait for Obama to win or something. He is so far ahead in the polls. But imagine, only 40 years ago it was a shock to have a young, Irish, Catholic in the White House (read: not old, not Anglo, not Protestant).

    ALL McCain has is his veteran status and POW stories to go on. Cor, imagine 4 years of that in the White House. Yes, we respect him, but then what? And Palin, she does not help him. Sure she's a hot topic but nobody is respecting her. And because of her, Biden's been pushed into the shadows which is not a bad thing actually...but despite all of this, Obama's still streaking ahead, what a golden boy.

    By Blogger Olivia, at 4:45 AM  

  • "News" is such a relative term
    Today's news is tomorrows fish & chips wrapping.

    And what is important in the world or what is world news is certainly relarive - who gives a dam about the US presidential campaign, the collapse of banks, or house prices in the uk

    But sadly people care even less about Dafour, or floods in Bangladesh - and Gaza is so passe.

    I guess someone who starts a channel offering alternative news, that doesn't repeat itself every hour, and gives a broader picture of what is going on in the world could be a hit.

    Ironically it would (could and should) be CNN and the BBC best placed to provide such a service ...
    but alas, we know the world is not perfect ...
    and we know that the any news is old news - but what else are newscasters and news reporters to gossip about.

    By Blogger QUASAR9, at 6:30 AM  

  • Pandabonium
    You could always pretend that the antenna is either a religious talisman or a lightning rod. ;-)

    Careful, m'lady. Al Gore was ahead in the polls, too.

    As often as my music tends to be labeled "80s-ish", it's refreshing to hear another decade!

    People nowadays want to be entertained, not informed. Shocking news is entertaining in a negative way (i.e. shock stimulus). Good news is entertaining in a positive way (i.e. shock stimulus). General-purpose news is just...information.

    (We want information...information...information...)
    (Who are you?)
    (The new number two!)
    (Who is number one?)
    (Um...what happened to number six ?)

    Actually, back in the early 90s CNN found out the hard way just how dangerous objective reporting can be. They tried to be without fear or favor on the ground during Operation Desert Storm, and they wound up being accused of treason. They started being widely called "SNN" (Saddam News Network), and their ratings plummeted. CNN's owners certainly aren't going to let their reporters make that mistake again.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 12:39 PM  

  • Moody said, "You could always pretend that the antenna is either a religious talisman"

    Oh, it is THAT alright!

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 5:03 PM  

  • Sources/market forces: a telling rhyme.

    Great song!

    By Blogger San, at 5:15 AM  

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