Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Not long ago I was debating someone on television. I thought the discussion was going well until the commercial break when a producer said into my earpiece "be angrier."
"Why should I be angrier?" I asked him, irritated that he hadn't appreciated the thoughtfulness of debate.
"That's how we get channel surfers to stop and watch the program," the producer explained. "Eyeballs are attracted to anger."
At this point I lost my temper.
- Robert Reich, "A Thought on Evan Bayh and Partisan America" Huffington Post 16 Feb 2010.