The Breast Blog: Not News; Michael is Late & Tawny Sells Breast Implants.
As It Happens, CBC Radio's early evening program, did a segment on CNN's coverage of the Michael Jackson trial last night. It wasn't really the trial, but rather the drama that was generated by the fact that Michael was late for his 8:30 am court date . Apparently, from what I could make out, CNN is knotted up tighter than a ball of wool and a bunch of kittens over this trial and had just fallen short of bringing in helicopters to monitor this single human being.
I was embarrassed for CNN. They think this is news.
Problem is, with all their hand wringing and manic voice inflection, CNN manage to convince a great many viewers that this trial is the single most important event in the WORLD today. It's not. Not even close.
This form of news making/telling is a multi-billion dollar business. It is not objective or exhaustive. Rather, I think of it more as contemporary, popular, opinionated, low quality, narrative non-fiction.
Take Online Casino Reports - USA, recent news alert as another example of Not News.
Online Casino Gets Outrageous
8 March 2005
What do grilled cheese sandwiches, religious icons, breast implants and online casinos have in comment? They are all used to gain publicity and help create a ripple effect of online casino publicity. One online casino in particular has done a good job of attracting a lot of attention by purchasing all sorts of funny and outrageous items in an attempt to shock their way into the headlines. The old saying that no publicity is bad publicity certainly seems to be the philosophy of that online casino.
From human billboards streaking across the fields at sporting events to outrageous internet auctions, some online casinos will do anything to gain a bit of publicity and free press. One online casino went as far as paying thousands of dollars for a grilled cheese sandwich that allegedly has a picture of the virgin Mary on it. More recently this online casino jumped from the world of religious icons to the world of porn icons by making headlines once again for the purchase of a former stripper´s breast implants. Cost: $17,000. Amount of free publicity from the stunt: priceless.
Sporting a 69-HH bra size before her implants were removed in 1999, Tawny Peaks decided to sell them off online using the internet auction service eBay. It´s hard to imagine there were many people interested in buying used breast implants but online casino saw the opportunity to cash in on a little free publicity by paying close to $17,000 for the item. About one year ago, this same online casino paid upwards of $28,000 for a 10-year-old, partly eaten grilled cheese sandwich with an image of a religious icon on it.
When asked about the whole ordeal Peaks, now retired from the porn business, said: "It's over and I'm happy." She gained publicity in 1998 when a customer at the Diamond Dolls nightclub in Clearwater, Florida, tried to sue her claiming he was hit in the head by her breasts.The case went to the "The People's Court" television show where the judge, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, threw the case out.
Are people really this stupid?