[Ads-l] Talking heads

Tue Aug 29 17:01:10 UTC 2017

OED has 1968 for "talking head".

San Mateo CA _Times_ 8 Aug 1961 p 12 col 1
"Many broadcasters were willing to accept this new challenge and soon the radio lanes were filled with strange new sounds hosted  by fast-talking heads who were threatened with unemployment if they allowed so much as one second of dead air."

_Los Angeles Times_ 5 Jun 1964 sec IV p 18 col 1 [interview with David Brinkley]
""Washington is the toughest assignment to cover, because there is so little physical action," he explains. "We should be able to cover Congress, but since we can't, we have to try other things.  It's easy to come up with just 'talking heads' on the TV screen." "

> News commentators who appear on panel shows - neither interviewers nor, strictly, interviewees - have likewise been "talking heads" for
> many years.
> JL
> On Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 6:48 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Talking heads appear not to receive enough attention in the OED
> >
> > talking head  n. slang a television presenter or interviewer who is
> > shown on the screen talking directly in close-up to the camera;
> > frequently in pl.; (also) in extended use.
> >
> > I'm a bit puzzled about "interviewer" rather than "interviewee". In
> > particular, consider this from OUP:
> >
> > https://goo.gl/UoF3Tx
> > American Experience is airing a series on the Gilded Age, for which
> > author is a talking head
> >
> > VS-)

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