John McLaughlin: 1927-2016

John McLaughlin, longtime host of The McLaughlin Group, passed away earlier today at the age of 89. He was on every single episode of the show for 34 years until last weekend, when he was too sick from cancer to appear (though he did do one last voiceover).

Here are two very funny sketches from Saturday Night Live that spoofed the show:

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J.G. Ballard on social media and the web

Writer J.G. Ballard wrote this in 1977:

All this, of course, will be mere electronic wallpaper, the background to the main programme in which each of us will be both star and supporting player. Every one of our actions during the day, across the entire spectrum of domestic life, will be instantly recorded on video-tape. In the evening we will sit back to scan the rushes, selected by a computer trained to pick out only our best profiles, our wittiest dialogue, our most affecting expressions filmed through the kindest filters, and then stitch these together into a heightened re-enactment of the day. Regardless of our place in the family pecking order, each of us within the privacy of our own rooms will be the star in a continually unfolding domestic saga, with parents, husbands, wives and children demoted to an appropriate supporting role.

And in an interview in 1987, he said this:

Every home will be transformed into its own TV studio. We’ll all be simultaneously actor, director and screenwriter in our own soap opera. People will start screening themselves. They will become their own TV programmes.

[via Open Culture]

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