May 16, 2006

Who needs "experts"?

The BBC has inadvertently interviewed a London cabbie in lieu of a pre-prepared “computer expert”. The interview with the cabbie went live to air.

After his initial and obvious surprise at finding himself on teevee - instead of merely picking up his next fare - the cabbie did remarkably well, jumping in with gusto and conviction to comment upon
Apple Computer's legal battle with Apple Corporation:

Karen Bowerman: Hello, good morning to you.

Taxi driver: Good morning.

KB: Were you surprised by this verdict today?

Taxi driver: I am very surprised to see ... this verdict to come on me because I was not expecting that. When I came they told me something else and I am coming. So a big surprise anyway.

KB: A big surprise, yeah, yes.

Taxi driver: Exactly.

KB: With regards to the costs involved do you think now more people will be downloading online?

Taxi driver: Actually If you can walk everywhere you are going to see a lot of people downloading the internet and the website and everything they want. But I think eh It is much better for development and eh to inform people what they want and to get the easy way and so faster if they are looking for.

KB: It does really seem the way the music industry's progressing now that people want to go onto the website and download music.

Taxi driver: Exactly you can go everywhere on the cyber cafe and you can take, you can go easy. It is going to be an easy way for everyone to get something to the internet

KB: Thank you. Thanks very much indeed.

Perhaps the media should ditch their proclavity for “expert” commentators and pull cabbies in off the street instead. As an audience, we would be no worse off and perhaps we would often be better informed or otherwise stimulated.


  1. I'm not surprised. This isn't the first time the BBC has shown how out of touch it is. See this old post.

  2. Anonymous9:34 PM

    ROFL!!! That is hilarious-

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