Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


Published: Irish Times, August 25 2012

There are three interesting jobs. They are president, astronaut and secret agent.

A FEW YEARS ago, my then-girlfriend and I had some friends over for dinner. While we ate, we listened to music. Afterwards, we relocated to the living room for a glass of wine. Rather than lug my old, clunky stereo and speakers with us, someone suggested that I play my CDs on the television’s DVD player.

It was a novel idea, and it worked out fine. There was just one problem.

All of our guests were now sitting staring at the TV screen. It was blank, save for the CD track number and a ticking time counter. But they stared at it anyway. That’s when it struck me. People will watch just about anything on television. Read the rest of this article.

August 26th, 2012.

3 Responses to “There are three interesting jobs. They are president, astronaut and secret agent.”

  1. Paul Says:

    I just realised that you’re paraphrasing Tom Cruise’s here:

    “Cruise was quoted in the movie’s press book to the effect that a Top Gun instructor told him there were “only four occupations worthy of a man: actor, rock star, jet fighter pilot or President of the United States.”


  2. Eoin Says:

    Really? Well, I obviously have a good memory – haven’t seen that film since the ’80s!

  3. Darragh Says:

    That’s good stuff Eoin. The other aspect of this genre is that they use standard filming and editing techniques to make the same aul shite seem dramatic and engaging. See here for some more information: http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedshift/career-confidential-a-reality-tv-editor-reveals-t

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