We get it. People who walk on the streets are one or more of the following:
- Stupider than a ball of dryer lint.
- Have souls that resemble a slimy dishcloth left under three days of dirty dishes.
- Have a worldview that is eclipsed by earthworms.
Except No. That is about the same as saying Reality Shows are REAL. They aren’t. We know that.
And neither are these on-the-street interviews representative of anything but a reporter finding the right person (ie stupid, bigoted or representing the viewpoint of reporter’s bias), properly editing that interview and putting it on TV.
Had they found someone with a thoughtful well considered viewpoint, it would NOT be aired. Because that is not the purpose of the on-the-street interview.
The purpose is to make the viewer feel better about themselves by comparison.
These interviews are NOT News. They are providing self indulgent porn for our egos. They provide no additional information about the events of the days, which is what News is supposed to be. It’s not supposed to be entertainment or ego porn. Its supposed to be providing information about current events.
But dissemination of facts about current events now represents about 20% of the News as it is shown to us today. And the on-the-street interviews, which make such good comedy on Late Night Talk Shows, are just one of the pointless pieces of noise that fill up the other 80% of the News Show.