[ by Charles Cameron — chyrons as news haiku, and various news and docu screengrabs ]
I’ve described chyrons — those verbal banners in the bottom third or fifth of a TV news screen — as the newsperson’s haiku. Headlines have long served a similar purpose, with their writers, seldom the authors credited with the articles in question, preferring puns to emphasis — puns, the “lowest form of wit” as they are sometimes mistakenly termed, James Joyce qv.
Chyrons, now — shorter than most headlines, and therefore tighter in their demands — are an art-form that sometimes calls forth subtlety and wit. I love them, not least because they’re visual verbals.. combining the eye-catching quality of the visual with the point-making clarity of the verbal — a double hit.
Here, then, from today’s haul of yesterday’s chyrons:
That’s the killer — a major war. Here are two more for context:
And let’s not forget ISIS:
Here’s a sporting metaphor — I suppose I should say, both literal and figurative?
Two versions of Roger Stone‘s fight:
And Dems fighting words, with flying without a pilot as a bonus:
CNN for a change, and the tax returns — so many, many fights!
Back to MSNBC:
And an MRI instance, medicin aat its most inquisitive:
Okay, a screengrab from the documentary on the Oslo and Otoya terrorist actions by Anders Breivik, 22 July — Breivik as network cog and Knight Templar:
Oh hell, let’s close with two grabs from another docu, Evil Genius, first episode, the first grab noting the way a scavenger hunt was part of the bank-heist murder:
And the second demonstrating the route the scavenger hunt was designed to take, marked on the map in red — note the arrow at the end of the trail landing up where it had started — a clear and fascinating image of ouroboros:
Too good to miss! And that’s it for now..