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Monday, October 22, 2012

Nostril TV: Gigantic heads on display

--> We know that today's television cameras have super lenses.
---->  And your home theater complex has the requisite 52-inch (or more)  HD plasma flat-screen, installed at just the right viewing angle
------> Featuring at least 1080i frame resolution. Etc.

So why on earth do so many news TV interview shows - plus other programs (sports) - insist upon "filming" (video-ing) subjects within "inches of their lives"?? 
I.e., right up in their face....?
(►► I suspect that I just answered my rhetorical question via that previous sentence: Like so many other aspects of (public) life today, it is (characteristic of) getting/being  "in your face"...
(In-your-face "journalism", reporting, whatever, in these instances.))

In your non-TV life, if you are conducting a job interview, having a one-on-one discussion/meeting with a colleague, or even having a normal conversation with an adult loved one....Do you get THIS CLOSE to the person's face (example below)?? (You DO?? Jeeez...)

10/21/12 screen capture of news program TV interview. (No affiliation. No image ownership claimed or intended.)
 (Off-site link to this entire interview, published 10/21/12 (new window opens): http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50133578n)

Almost all purveyors now do this, for large swaths of video-recorded interviews. Apparently (interview) subjects either don't realize or don't care that they are being portrayed this way. Or, don't have the wherewithal to request that the camera-person BACK it OFF a little - and least get some upper body in there.  
(Probably then (privately) being branded (as) a "diva" by the news crew.... E.g., something akin to this; off-site link to someone who "got it" (about this) a long time ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojMFk18Z0Bs)

Perhaps I'm the only one (left) in the world, but I find this form of presentation to be totally disrespectful. BOTH to the interview subject AND to many viewers. 
What is the point of it? (Pls. see above...)

BTW: (Unfortunately) It's not just news show interviews that employ this obnoxious technique  (ad nauseam).
Watch any major league baseball lately?? With their super zoom camera lenses trained upon the pitcher's face and the batter's face (- with the team manager's stubbly face occasionally interspersed -) it is like one 'giant head' getting ready to pitch a ball at another 'giant head'. EXCEPT these giant heads are spitting and dribbling stuff half the time....

PULL it back a bit there dudes....so we can see something else besides the disembodied heads 'look'. 

 (screen capture)

Thanks for listening.....(Probably NOT, I'm sure.) 

(video link)

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