No, not the 80’s music group, I have no intention of burnin’ down the house, but rather those fabled, sometimes fabulous, frequently fractious folks who ask for “only” 3 hours of my day, talk show hosts. I know the term “talking heads” began as a description of TV news anchors but in this modern day, talk show hosts are on a variety of media. But, no matter the media they use, they still know everything.
They have to know everything. Their show prep requires it. Almost all of the radio ones are Far Right Conservative and almost all of the TV ones are Far Left Liberals. There are plenty of radio talking heads that are liberal on National Public Radio. The thing most people forget, no matter which side of the fence they are on, is that ultimately they are all entertainers. They all get paid big bucks to draw you in; to get you to listen to their station so they can sell advertising. So, the more you listen, the more they get paid. By listening to them you are supporting them. Any entertainment personality gets paid, and entertainment of any sort includes a lot of hard work that nobody sees, but what am I getting in return?
Certainly not money. Or peace of mind. They all, liberals and conservatives alike, profit from outrage. And not even a finely calculated sense of outrage most of the time. Well, I’m sorry fellers, but I got to get me some peace and quiet once in a while. I just don’t have the energy to be outraged to that extent for that many hours a day. Well, I guess I could be like some people and walk around angry about something all the time, I used to be that guy, but it takes a lot of work. Not that we should not care or be involved. It is a right and a duty to vote, a right and privilege that has been dearly purchased, informing ourselves from many different sources and trying to do what’s morally right and maintain a rule of law, but ultimately we have to rule ourselves.