November 16, 2002
MORE IS LESS:Speed thrills, say American TV producers (John Plunkett, November 15, 2002, The Guardian)
Actors in US sitcoms and drama series are speaking more words a minute than ever before in a bid to make their characters appear more intelligent and appeal to younger viewers.
Scriptwriters on some of America's biggest TV shows have upped the word count significantly because they believe the faster characters speak, the more intelligent viewers perceive them to be.
Under the same theory, by stacking dog dirt high enough you'd make it smell better. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2002 2:12 PM