Monday, December 17, 2007
HD TV, and reality TV
--Jami Floyd, Anchor, Court TV News

Now even The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is going HD. As in HD TV. You may know that President Bush signed a bill into law requiring networks to stop broadcasting the old analog format by 2009. Until now, that seemed a long way off.

But if Jim Lehrer is going HD, well heck, then EVERYbody needs to get busy. And it's a good thing for sports where, with HD, you can see every flag on the field; or in nature programming where HD can capture in crisp detail the wing of a butterfly or the reflection on a raindrop.

CNN's recent Planet in Peril was shot in HD and the very beauty of our planet only served to underscore what we stand to lose.

But there is one group for whom HD TV is nothing to write home about, and that's the "talent" -- the industry term for reporters, network correspondents and anchors, actors, late night hosts -- basically anyone whose face shows up on camera.

Which brings me to my point. All that richness of detail? All that sharp focus, the clarity, the purity? Well, they may be terrific when studying a cat's whiskers or even each blade of grass. But they are not good news for the lines, blemishes, and scars of life that many of us heretofore have been able to hide with a little bit of make up.

No, my friends, for this reporter, HD brings a whole new meaning to the prhase "reality TV."

http://blog.courttv.com/jami_floyd/
Posted By CNN: 2:29 PM ET
  2 Comments
Interesting post, Jami. We're always our own worst critic as far as facial imperfections are concerned. I know, I'm the same way. Sure make-up can cover some of it, but you don't want to put on too much of it. Maybe it's time we celebrate our appearances for what they are. After all, if we don't like ourselves for who we are and what we look like, how can we expect others to like us?

Thanks,
Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Blogger Lilibeth : 3:03 PM ET
Getting a glimpse of a few flaws in television personalities isn't going to hurt anyone--people are too obsessed with appearing perfect most people are aware that no one really is.
Posted By Anonymous Fay, Vacaville, CA : 4:09 PM ET
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