The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 September 2003

Gorillas in the midst

By most accounts, men outnumber women in the talk-radio audience, and according to Martin Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center at USC's Annenberg School of Communications, there's a reason for it:

[W]hen you listen to one of these shows, it's all about screaming and chest thumping sort of like what you see in those studies of the great apes. Think of the host as the silverback: He screams and thumps his chest, and the listeners call in to emulate him.

(Found by John Rosenberg, who comments: "I wonder what Kaplan would say if he weren't such a non-partisan, objective scholar.")

Posted at 9:30 AM to Political Science Fiction

What occurs to me in reading stuff like this is that no one with an actual point to make, a coherent argument to offer, would stoop to such characterizations as Kaplan's. This is the sort of thing that should be played up until Hell wouldn't have it. It's quite literally self-condemning.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 11:39 AM on 13 September 2003