Last night was one of those interesting nights of television. Oh, I'm not talking in the political sense, I mean far more in the actual viewing. Fine, it was certainly interesting in a political sense, no matter which side of the election you came down on, but that's a kettle of fish I dare not delve into.
It's been talked about before, but the sheer quantity of technology on display on the various networks last night was staggering. A lot of money… a lot of money… was clearly sunk into making the election results, commentary, and analysis as visually stimulating as it could possibly be.
Looking at CNN, they've been doing that nonsense with their massive TV screen for months now. You know what I'm talking about, the silly TV screen that John King stands in front of and then zooms in to various districts and races, and then he zooms out of it without ever really telling you anything interesting about the race. The man then talks about other sections of the country always zooming in and out and in and out until you realize that he could just as easily give you all this information in about a third the time without the TV screen. The "Magic Wall's" foolishness is so obvious and over the top that the manner in which it was lampooned on Saturday Night Live could easily have left the casual channel-flipping viewer wondering whether they were watching a comedy sketch or a news broadcast.
Though it may seem hard to believe, CNN actually topped that lunacy last night with their incredible hologram interviews. The only of them I actually really saw in my own channel hopping was with will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. So there will.i.am was - in the virtual sense - in CNN's studio looking like a badly animated version of himself and being interviewed about his politics and the work he's done on behalf of Obama. The was no earthly reason to conduct the interview they way they did — except to show off their new toy.