Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Sports Commentary with All the Insight of a Yo Mama Joke
Talking Trash, Just to Be Heard. (The New York Times, 11/2/2011)
Excerpt: The increasingly strident criticism parallels a trend toward louder, less congenial public debate on just about every topic, from politics to fashion.
“The volume factor on all opinion has increased,” said Gregg Easterbrook, an author and ESPN columnist. With dozens of talk shows and hundreds of hours of sports programming on television and radio each week, broadcasters are clamoring for attention. Gentle, soft-spoken remarks will probably be shouted down. “To make opinion more noticeable, you have to make it outrageous,” Easterbrook said.