Wednesday, September 13, 2017

TV and The End of the World

It's the 13th of the month, two days after September 11, the grimmest day of the United States calendar.  And, oh yes, I'm one of the unlucky people hacked in the Equifax hacking event.

Should I mention North Korea?

Have you ever wondered how TV media has planned for their last broadcast?  We are so close to the brink, closer than we have been in years.  It's not a pleasant thought.

Wonder no further.  I had blogged on this topic back in 2015, back when the "end of the world" video (can't they at least improve its quality?) of CNN was leaked.

It isn't just CNN that has prepared a "treat" for its end of the world listeners. The BBC has an "end of the world" broadcast script (see end of the above video).

And John Oliver, the wonderful British comedian I love so much, has his own End of the World video, narrated by Martin Sheen.

No, it's not a funny subject, and no one (well, most people, I hope) wants to see doomsday come any time soon.  But, faced with life today, I think what we need is a good laugh.  So, perhaps CNN should rethink that grainy U.S. Army band playing Nearer My God to Thee video.

An end of the world cat video would be so much better.

And never needing that video would be the best thing of all.

17 comments:

  1. One good thing about the end of the world: at some point, before it happens, we'll be free from TV's video travesty of news reportage.

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    1. It's always good to look at the bright side.

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  2. I love John Oliver, but I hadn't seen this video before. Hilarious.

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    1. Yes, it was hilarious. And he's right; we should have an ending cat video.

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  3. Watched the first post (and I love that song) and thought: Really? Yep. Much rather watch John Oliver's take. Sometimes all you can do is laugh!

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    1. Yes, you're right. That CNN video really needs to be updated, badly.

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  4. I love John Oliver too. And I need a laugh since I was most likely compromised in the Equifax hack too.

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    1. Happy that I (and You Tube) could help!

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  5. "Nearer my God to Thee"? Isn't that what the band played on the Titanic?

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    1. Yes, supposedly, according to one witness. Certainly not "My Heart Will Go On". But another witness, who left after the "Nearer my God to Thee" witness, reports it was a song called "Autumn".

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  6. I suppose it's a bit like newspapers that have their obituaries of famous people already written and ready to go when the need arises. Personally, I think your idea of an end of the world cat video rocks!

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    1. Lots of votes for cat videos. Let's send suggestions to CNN, alas, because things don't change, they may need to revise that old video sooner than they think.

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  7. Closest thing I've seen to these is this...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TTEWRKnRC0

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    1. I played your link on my phone while my husband was in the next room. I didn't give him any warning. I think he came close to a heart attack.

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  8. Cat videos! On the other hand, I have no doubt that the end of the world will photographed.

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