I'd be surprised, too
A few days ago the BBC aired a spot that's bound to be an instant classic. Guy Goma, a Congolese man at the studio applying for a technical job, was mistaken at reception for Guy Kewney, an internet music downloading expert. While Guy #2 (who is white and hirsute) sat in a waiting room, Guy #1 (who is black and bald) was taken to Makeup, plunked in a chair with host Karen Bowerman, and asked on live TV what he thought of the May 8 High Court ruling in favor of Apple Computer. But with only a momentary flash of panic on his face, he bravely launched into an answer, starting with "I'm very surprised to see the verdict come on me because I was not expecting that," and wound up sounding almost indistinguishable from a "real" expert. Bravo, Guy!
Of course, this brings up two questions. Number one, why exactly do we need experts to comment on the news again? And number two, when is Mr. Goma going to get his own show?
Check out Guy #2's take on the incident
(with a link to the video). While coverage in the Times
was fairly snooty, the Globe and Mail was more inclined to grin