PRINT February 1988

Rosetta Brooks


RB: People get very frightened these days when you try to still a moment. This was highlighted for me in the TV coverage of the US Open this year when a tennis match between Lori McNeil and Steffi Graf ran overtime. Dan Rather was waiting to do the 6:30 news, but when he realized that the match would steal some of his news time he got pissed off and refused to sit around and wait for the game to end naturally. Unfortunately for him, the match ended rather quickly, so since he wasn’t in the studio, CBS had six minutes of black time on national television. Everyone was so shocked by the TV blackout that it became a front-page news story the following day. Jesus, just six minutes of airwave blackness on CBS and the whole world falls apart! We experience a few moments of silence when no apparent action is taking place, and people feel either abused or terrified.

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