|simple, creamy 'Media Hollow' donning false whiskers|
There are fascinating interviews of Mailer on youtube that I've watched over the years and he coined the term "media hollow" to describe those empty suits that present, or perform, the news on TV, or media personalities in general who seem superficially energized on camera or at podium. Every time I see the now embattled and soon to be fired Brian Williams, I am reminded how perfectly 'media hollow' fits him. While my politics lean right, I'd be the first to say that Fox News has more than a few hacks on their roster too. The problems drama queen Brian Williams self-inflicted go far beyond the whopper of a lie he told about the helicopter in Iraq and he'll likely wind up getting the two women who run NBC News fired too. His Peabody Award winning Hurricane Katrina coverage is now turning up a few self-aggrandizing lies and I thought at the time they gave a very PC tilt of the blame away from New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (now serving time in federal prison for 20 counts of fraud, bribery, and money laundering before, during, and after Katrina) and toward the Bush White House replete with the predictable racism allegations. That phony and biased coverage sent race relations spiraling downward in ways we are still feeling the effects of today.
|The First Hipster?|
If Norman Mailer wasn't the first hipster then he saw the first hipster.