When I was a kid, the local news shows on television started transitioning from news to “happy talk”. They still presented the news, but the point to the program seemed to the banter that the presenters had between themselves. Since by this time, women were for of the newscast, it was usually banter between the guys and the ladies.
I watched with bemusement. It seemed so phony. That, and the banter seemed stupid, even to my less sophisticated child self. But, from what I could see, it was enormously popular. Every newscast had it. It took over more and more of the newscast. From what I could tell, it was the women who liked it. Not only did they like it, but they seemed to believe that it wasn’t phony.
So here is the question: am I misreading this? Did women see that it was all siphoned and suspend their disbelief? Or did they just eat up because of reasons?
Aren’t women supposed to be good at detecting phoniness in social situations? What am I missing here?