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How often (and this is going to be a rhetorical question, so
don't need to answer it, do you?) have you been watching TV
wondered who that person on the screen is? So, you can
the credits, or look at the channel guide if they're a main
character, or else go internetting
to find out.
Now that we have Technology, though, it should be possible
have a "Whodat?" button on your TV remote. When pressed,
will bring up a caption containing the names of all the
performers currently on screen. Obviously problematic for
the crowd scenes in Ghandi, but otherwise implementable.
||A tag system, like that which already exits on facebook, could be made to pop up at any time.
||This was implemented in Ancient Rome using slave labour: there
was a specialised slave called a nomenclator whose job was to
remember other people's names and whisper them to their
master to prevent social embarrassment. Much used by
politicians. Not on TV, though.
||"... and he played the detective in that one where the car crashes in the snowstorm and the girl gets kidnapped and they think her boyfriend's killed her, of course she was in that other film where she fell in love with a dwarf who was a chef on a cruise liner and her father was played by the one who was the talking gorilla, oh that was so funny, and the ship ran aground ..."
||Two different questions, who is the actor in real life, and who is the character in the film. So, two different buttons needed. Don't press both at once.
||^ featuring Charlie Sheen as Charlie Sheen.
||That title, that name, that's funny.