Today's Notable Quote: "When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest." - William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830).
To expand upon the great 19th Century literary critic's remarks...
"Rant is not a synonym for ratings. But it could be where The View is concerned." - quoted from the linked article found in today's E: Online.
Much of 21st Century "peronal interaction" and "community" consists of imagined relationships with "celebrities" and "TV friends". Absent is the oddball neighbor who stops by to complain about the price of eggs at the supermarket, or the woman next door who desperately wants to talk about her latest operation--or how her grandchildren are doing in Omaha Nebraska or Muncie Indiana.
Yes, sad to say, these relationships have for many been replaced with a compulsion to seek out bizzare role models on syndicated talk shows. These shows must continually find ways to increase viewership--hence the addition of controversial comedians and other eclectic cast members. They play their roles with straight faces and work with the online and print media to promote their "feuds" and air their "concerns" about everyone from Oprah to the President in an attempt (apparently successful for now) to draw in more viewers. Its working for The View. It will be interesting to see how long Rosie's "ranting" draws viewers. My bet is that it will start to slide soon--now that that the novelty factor is beginning to wear off.