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Ed Driscoll

The Revolution will not be Televised

November 10th, 2013 - 9:35 am


To my shame, and against my principles, I have occasionally agreed to appear on television, though even less frequently than I have been asked. I have found those who work for TV broadcasting companies to be the most disagreeable people that I have ever encountered. I far preferred the criminals whom I encountered in my work as a prison doctor, who were more honest and upright than TV people.

— Theodore Dalrymple, ‘Television is an Evil,” November 3rd, 2013.


According to Oxford University research psychologist Kevin Dutton, TV/media ranks among the top three professions with the most psychopathic personalities employed.

When you hear the word “psychopath,” you likely think of Norman Bates, Patrick Bateman or horror films, but it has a real definition: “Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial character, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality.”

With that in mind, TV/media apparently ranks #3 among Dutton’s top 10 professions containing the most psychopathic personalities:

“TV/Media Ranks Among Top 3 Professions with Most Psychopathic Personalities,” headline, Mediaite, November 8th.

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I have long known that I couldn't write a TV or movie script. That isn't a shock. It is like saying I have long known that I could't be a professional basketball player. But, even if I had the literary ability, I couldn't do it.

Scripts need an amazing detachment from reality. The movies and shows that I see are outright impossible. Just think a bit about zombies and The Walking Dead.

One might think that not caring about reality would introduce a wonderful freedom into scripts. One could write almost anything, and use any means to make it exciting. Maybe anyone could do it.

The problem. It takes years of observation and study to know what people will accept as unreality. Cross the line and you have a ludicrous B movie rather than a dramatic hit.

That acceptance of unreality and that study and manipulation of human emotion and gullibility is the core of psycopathology. I think it must be a plus in the movie/TV business.

This must also be true of politics, where the participants say anything without smiling, and then defend themselves by saying anything about what they said. We non-sociopaths call that "lying". Politicians call it something like "expectation management".

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I always love reading Theodore Dalrymple. Too bad he has to write for Taki. Too bad I made the mistake of reading the comments and learned how Jews (with the various nasty synonyms and spellings for Jews) are responsible for everything bad in the word, ever.
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It explains Keith Olbermann.
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