Voyeur Nation

Posted by on February 24th, 2010 at 12:06 PM

After 45 days of therapy, Tiger Woods appeared on tv February 19 and apologized to family, friends, fans and, even, members of the so-called news media who had been invited to listen but not to ask questions. Woods spoke for maybe 15 minutes, then hugged his mother on camera and left. In the inevitable post-event critique, members of the so-called news media displayed their infantile pique at not being permitted to ask questions, of which, they averred, there were many. All of them, I assume, of such burning importance as indicated by the Denver Post’s tv critic in an article published before Woods’ appearance:

“What we’ll listen for: Will Woods use the words ‘adultery’ or ‘sexual addiction’? How about ‘sex rehab’? What we’ll watch for: Will Woods’ much-betrayed wife, Elin Nordegren, be there to do the stand-by-her-man pose? Will he wear a wedding ring?”

Yup. Really important matters. Just the sort of journalistic professionalism that inspires all those truly important questions that, for now, must, alas, go unanswered.

Meanwhile, at the Philadelphia Daily News, editoonist Signe Wilkinson, as usual way ahead of the rest of us, captured in a single perfect picture the precise nature of Our Concern about Tiger (click to enlarge):

We’re all peeping toms, which activity has become, over recent decades, the national spectator sport. The fence, which here separates us from the actual construction site, also conjures up memories of the fence that, in cartoons of yore, surrounded the baseball park, and we’d find holes in it through which we could watch the game without paying. Perfect.

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