GE 1997-8 Season 4 Episode 25: Paulitorial
Note: this is not a transcript, but a working draft of the script, so there may be differences in the aired version.
PAUL: Some days you just want it to stop. The inundation
by what is determined as "news." The pornography of celebrity
and our prurient, voyeuristic interest in it.
Fie that what would bestir our emotions would be worthwhile
concern with art, science, thought, honest discourse and true
The vigilance of nincompoops and the attention-deficit plagued
lackies of megalomanical mono-minded media magnates keep before
readers chimeras and kitsch. Red herrings. Entertainments at
the best of times and emotion-bereft, googly-eyed gawk-fests at worst.
Where is the real news ?
When do we hear what is happening to people - not to the libido-crazed,
alcohol-fuelled, hand-puppets wiggled with an erect middle finger
by the back-room cabal; not the little carrot stories keeping us
running away from the cart of what is truly important - but to the
real people, people like you and me who have become pawns for those
passing go in a giant game of Monopoly ?
Aliens, Elvis, breast implants, women giving birth to animals,
animals giving birth to kitchen appliances, diet fads, zinc the
new echinacea, this is the stuff that speaks to me. These are
the important issues. Where are they in the mainstream media ?
Why do we get the daisy chain of constitutional debate ? The
sexual peccadilloes of quasi-elected officials constantly paraded
before us ?
Who cares ! I got my own peccadilloes to worry about.
And then there's television sports!
But the big story didn't make it to the headlines. Didn't even make
it to the police blotter. I want to know who's behind the break-ins
here at the BCN ! Who's covering up that story ? What's their game?
Be careful, listener, be verrrrry careful.