While everyone likes getting naked, newscasts have until now proceeded on the
assumption that the IMPORTANT business of the day is the impersonal
political-corporate bullshit. In some ways, every minute you spend watching a
traditional newscast is an implicit slap in the face to your libido.
But not at NakedNews.com. Suddenly the eye-glazingly dull contents of a
typical broadcast -- news, weather, sports, and lame closing jokes -- are
directed at a different part of your brain. Besides the obvious "gawk factor,"
the site is a parody of newscasts -- and the newscast viewers who sit through
that banal crap without even thinking how repressed and impersonal the whole
news format is.
It makes you realize most televised news follows the same, predictible pattern.
The fact that the act of disrobing can seem so surprising should be a warning
to us all. Do we really want public nudity to be so alien to us? What does it
say about our culture that our channels of information follow a prudish
Victorian model that was devised sometime in the mid-1900s?
Maybe I'm just trying to rationalize how compelling I find this site. But as
more and more celebrities and non-celebrities cash in on the notoriety they get
simply from taking their clothes off, it makes you wonder if we'll ever
re-assess our cultural priorities. Sooner or later, those social walls have to
crumble, and sites like NakedNews.com have already taken up the challenge.