Talking Headz

The term “talking headz” typically refers to television pundits and has all the information you need on this new phenomenon taking over social networks. Television pundits, or talking headz, are well known television personalities who make their living by providing social commentary in regulated time slots on any one of the major television networks. Talking headz are even becoming common on social networks over the internet, where they gain publicity and notoriety through mechanisms like Facebook and Twitter and through word of mouth. Unlike typical celebrities, who are groomed for the spotlight and often take actual classes on how to appear in public and on television, talking headz work in a different type of celebrity realm and are often represented by animated avatars, or small images or photos that appear simultaneously with the presenter’s voice or written textual commentary. These animated avatars typically appear at the bottom of the screen during major news programming or animated avatars are used extensively in the online commentary industry. Animated avatars are essential to developing a pundit’s standing image and often these personalities become synonymous with the image or images they have chosen for their animated avatars.

Most talking headz are associated with political commentary. The popularity of shows presenting blatantly biased opinions of the news and political events was first discovered by Fox News and their powerhouse line up of leading conservative commentators. Talking headz are generally in a form of combat with each other and regularly defame their competition on their shows, especially when concerning competitors from other political perspectives. Although Fox News chartered new territory with political punditry, the legitimacy of their news reports was soon called into question when it was discovered that their talking headz regularly present personal biases as if they were fact. To further their slipping reputation, the popularity of liberal journalists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert contributed a scathing competition, especially when considering that Stewart and Colbert were granted more resources from larger networks and are, in general, more educated and eloquent than the commentators on Fox News, leaving a gaping hole in the industry for intelligent conservative reporters of good repute.

Other pundits, especially those who work off of social networking venues, comment primarily on social and celebrity issues, rather than those that are politically centered. The most popular celebrity commentator is Perez Hilton, who makes his money exclusively on television appearances and the advertising off of his popular blog. The competition is less of an issue in this type of commentary, although there are more social commentators (like the show “The Soup”) than there are political commentators. These personalities tend more often to work together by co-hosting and joint enterprises than they focus on defaming each other. For more examples of talking headz, check out