Daily Archives: January 8, 2009

Rachel the Maddow as an Emerging Cultural Icon

Have you noticed that Rachel Maddow, the newly en-scheduled MSNBC Cable News Show host, has a lot of interesting and rather endearing mannerisms of speech and presentation? Of course you have. But have you also noticed that Rachel also has a large and growing influence on the manersisms of others on both radio and TV? She is a trend setter in this regard.

There is a woman who has a radio talk show on Air America (as does Maddow) who has stolen all of Maddow’s mannerisms. If you tune her in, you’ll think it is Rachel Maddow. Lately I’ve begun to notice TV anchors and presenters emulating some of Maddow’s style. Keith Olberman did it first, I think. I’ve seen a couple of minor reporters do it.

Today, when I saw David Shuster deliver a line in a pure Rachel Maddow style, I knew the phenomenon was for real.

I predict that in the near future we will see Bill O’Reilly doing the Maddow. (Well, maybe not.)

They Told Me to YouTube This

The TV told me to “youtube” the Australian leader Rudd’s Parliamentary statement tearing Howard a new one in regards to his statement about Obama and the American Democrats. So I did, and I thought I’d share it with you. Kinda fun:

Mr Howard later lost the election to Mr. Rudd. Oh, and Obama and the Democrats won in the US. And we all lived happily ever after.