A lot of Reality (and "Reality" ) TV shows now use a (to me anyway) somewhat irritating editing technique where just about every millisecond of hesitation in the dialogue is edited out, so sometimes it sounds more like you're listening to an auctioneer that a normal person.
Is there a particular name for this technique, and is it done with normal editng software, or is it produced by a special package?
(In the past when I have been forced to do this, mainly to sharpen-up an excessively laconic speaker, it always seemed to come out sounding unpleasantly "choppy", so I was wondering if there is some sort of software that smooths the transitions).
I think about the only thing more annoying than this is the now almost universal blurring out of license plates, registered trademarks, faces of passers-by and anything else even faintly legally problematic.
Countless millions of TV hours were broadcast in the past without needing to do this; what has changed?