Nancy Grace and Hypnotic Looping

Sometimes at work I’ll eat my lunch in the cafeteria and HLN will be on. (headline news) Nancy Grace will often be on and her contrived, hawkish demeanor is always good for a quick chuckle. Then tonight I realized just how these cable news, or “made to shock” news stories are edited and presented. It’s not enough to talk about a news event, that is often about abducted children, children being beaten, or something perverse enough to make Nancy recoil in horror. A panel of guests weigh in when Nancy finds it necessary, and a talk show format ensues. However, similar to most cable news shows, the images and video are put on auto-loop, throughout the entire show.

Like the video of a nanny beating a 9 month old toddler. This black and white CCTV video aired non-stop as Ms. Grace condemned the acts. Sure it was horrific and disgusting, but this kind of hypnotic looping of a tragic scene, is what’s more troubling. (but more of the norm) Sure it’s tabloid journalism and you can’t expect anything too enlightening or newsworthy with a name like “Nancy Grace”, solely created as a kind of familiar, warm, and trustworthy name for people to confide in each night. “Oh put she keeps her grace under fire!” type of reactions. But still, I’m all about calling a spade a spade.

I suppose in this day of attracting viewers with more perversion, more murder, and more extreme acts, editing the final product is paramount. As you’re hearing hollywood lawyers, child psychiatrists, and the rest weigh in on the story of the day, your retinas keep on consuming this obscene video again and again. It’s like her viewership has this kind of masochistic, voyeuristic fetish that cannot be fulfilled by seeing something once or twice.

 After a while, I think a lot of what is being said becomes lost, and it’s more so about hitting your fear impulse. Making you think, “well what if my babysitter is doing this behind my back?” Not that you shouldn’t be concerned as a parent, but this kind of programming could almost create a kind of instant fear and distrust in people, when none is really warranted. Then again I suppose if you watch this show religiously, your exactly this kind of judgemental person to begin with. The show is all about condemning the loonies right off the bat and running video on loop as a form of red meat for its fanbase.

Sure it’s a horrible story, but this incessant need to drive home the point of its horrendous nature through a non-stop loop of the event, is blatant hypnosis for those that would stick around night after night.

Of course Nancy Grace has been around for a while – I think this whole post came about due to the fact that I haven’t really watched TV for the last year or so (other than late night talk shows). The ridiculousness hits a little harder, as most people that watch these kind of shows on a regular basis would just read all of this and be like, “so, yea..but what’s your point?” Like they’ve already thoroughly accepted this and are just content with feeling holier than thou and saying “fry the sickos, put em away!”

Well I guess that’s all for now. Netflix is the way to go

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