Ted Grayson was a trustworthy news anchor for more than 20 years. So why does Talk To Me open with him attempting to kill himself via not pulling the cord on his parachute after jumping from a plane? Well, it was a little like this . . . . .
But with the addition of calling a fill-in make-up lady a derogatory term. In the age of . . . . .
Ted’s outburst was about to go viral . . . .
Forty-eight hours in and it was at more than two million views. By week’s end it would be five million. The comments were unrelenting and savage. Some were sarcastic. Some were funny. Some suggested he should kill himself. By Wednesday the comments section would be disabled by YouTube customer service, in large part because a repeat commenter was threatening to kill Ted. The troll gave Ted’s Bedford address. The Bedford Police Department put a patrol car in front of Ted’s house.
In a world where comments are King and websites called “scheisse” - ran by uggos like this . . . . .
Exist to prove . . . . .
Fake news? There was no such thing. There was only what you could get people to click on. End of story.
Just how much will Ted (or should Ted, depending on your feelings for him throughout the book) have to lose before the masses are satisfied?
461 ratings on Goodreads for one of the smartest, timeliest books I can remember reading . . . .
Not that I’m any better than the next. I spend most of my life reading trashy romances or farfetched thrillers and posting gif-filled reviews. At least I don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account, I guess ; )
But seriously. Selections like this are what the not-scared-t0-deal-with-real-stuff Book Club participants should be picking up (not that Reece Witherspoon’s choices aren’t usually a decent way to pass the time, but those are probably more for Wine Club with a Side of Book groups). This one will definitely get you talking about the issues.
If you enjoyed this, I highly recommend the non-fiction So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.