While there is a constant supply of people doing funny stuff, seldom do I see anyone doing anything that is completely in its own genre. Absolutely fresh and original. And since I find local news to be about as enjoyable and useful as a kick in the balls, I suppose it’s possible this has been done for quite some time now. But it’s new to me, so piss off.
(Click for vid. A second vid can be found by clicking on full story below)
The name of the site is newsbreakers.org – a site devoted entirely to finding field reporters doing live feeds for local newscasts and then being complete asses on camera during the feed. Completely F-ing Brilliant.
This is not just random people finding themselves accidentally on camera behind a reporter and deciding to make faces or jump up and down. No, this is the distant evolutionary descendant of that: people who are in costume and prepared with an act to perform on camera, then camp out at a “breaking story” site and wait for the local media to arrive, like lions waiting for the stupid wildebeasts to arrive at the watering hole. As soon as that red light comes on, the field reporter can kiss that hard-hitting on-the-scene report goodbye.
I am hoping this is the beginning of a trend. The vids I’ve included aren’t hilariously funny – I think there is a lot of room to do some really clever bits. But the concept is just genius. I mean, who better to prey upon? Think about it. Up to now, media have always been the predator. While I certainly value their job in theory – discovering corrupt politicians, corporate polluters and the like, let’s be real. Usually they are just reporting murders and fires, and harrassing people. “So your child was just abducted. Let me piss on your family’s inconsolable grief by shoving this mic in your face so I can get my story.. which will be placed between today’s pollen count and the winning Pick-3 numbers.” News has become just as depraved as the rest of the entertainment industry, except even worse in that it still tries to hold itself above the fray, as “respectable journalism”. At least Surreal Life has no delusions about the fact that they’re showing you a drunk midget riding a scooter and pissing on the carpet. They don’t shit in your hand and call it an ice cream cone.
So, my most heart-felt Buddha blessings to Newsbreakers. They are calling out the media for what they really are – a god-damn three-ring circus. If I ever win the lottery and can quit my job, I’ve just found my new calling.