That thing where national news runs a story, and over every noun they show footage of what that noun is, even if it's a metaphor.
It's usually when they're rambling about something with opinions, and they're telling both sides while narrating and not showing an anchor:
"Some people say things are bad. [footage of people walking] But others, like thing expert Jane McExpert [footage of Jane at a computer], say things are good. [Jane: "Things are good.
"] At any rate [footage of people again], time [pause over shot of watch] and tide [pause over shot of ocean] wait for no man [shot of man]. Tom Voiceguy, ABZ News, Philadelphia."
Co-anchor: "Thank you, Tom."
News on the radio, especially on NPR
, does something similar with sounds. Voiceover Guy will say "The Vermont maple syrup harvest is starting up this cold February day." This cues the sound editor to play crunching snow noises as the Vermont farmer is walking through the field of snow. There may or may not be a farmer remarking, "You can't get the-yah from he-yah."
Also known as the 'Lord Privy Seal' effect, after a sketch
in which the Lord Privy Seal (a sinecure post in the British government) was illustrated with pictures of a nobleman, a lavatory and a pinniped. Since then phrases like "it's a bit Lord Privy Seal" have been heard across the halls of British television news production.
- the inclination to turn every
word in text into a hyperlink
, even if there's no need for explanations
and the link is not used to make any point
or minimal research is necessary anyway
. Usually observed on fans
of The Other Wiki
, probably just because the wiki engine makes cross-linking so easy
. We have it Just for Fun
on This Very Wiki
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- Inverted by Jonathan Coulton himself, though, in his song 'flickr' which does the opposite- describing a series of images in the video clip.
- Richard Dawkins shredded the faux-documentary ''Expelled'' for a number of reasons (starting with the fact that the producers had gotten him to be in it under false pretenses), but took special aim at its excessive use of Lord Privy Seals.
- The phenomenon of "literal dancing" is related, in that the dancer mimes the words to the song regardless of how metaphorical or otherwise they are. It was the subject of a hilarious routine by Peter Kay, featuring "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley, a song especially amenable to this.
- Johann Lippowitz got famous for doing this (in a routine called 'Karaoke for the Deaf') to Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn". His increasingly angry reactions to the line "You're a little late" are a Crowning Moment of Funny.
- The Legs & Co. dancers on Top of the Pops were famous for this to the point that people would joke that you could figure out what song was playing with the TV muted.
- Fox News did a story about Hillary Clinton challenging Barack Obama to what she styled as a Lincoln/Douglas type of debate, after the famous debate between future President Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, a white racist who believed that blacks didn't count as "men" under the Constitution. During the broadcast, Fox showed B Roll footage of a picture of Lincoln, side-by-side with a picture of Frederick Douglass, black former slave, abolitionist, and one-time vice-presidential candidate.
- During the infamous, narmtastic "Hackers On Steroids" piece, the LA Fox 11 team liken Anonymous to terrorists and cut to a van exploding for no reason that has anything to do with the story. Unfortunately they cut back to the studio before Michael Caine could appear and tell them they were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off.
- Parodied at least once in Brass Eye: Chris Morris declares "let's shatter some myths" and destroys a statue of a centaur to make the point.
- Also parodied by Russ Abbot, where a newsreader realises this is happening, and becomes increasingly nervous about what the screen will show when he sees phrases such as "Cockfosters" and "leg over" in his script.
- Parodied by Nathan Fielder in an episode of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Whenever he says a certain noun, he pulls it out of his coat.
- Mocked in this "How To Report The News" segment of Charlie Brooker's Newswipe, a series devoted to describing and deconstructing News Tropes.
- Parodied in the chorus of the song "Would You Love Me If" from Bill Plympton's animated movie I Married a Strange Person!