(This is a cross-post from my personal journal.)
Okay, I’m writing this pretty much exactly as I’ve thought of it, but here’s something that just hit me.
I’ve started watching a TV show called ‘the Event’, that’s currently running on Channel 4. It’s an American import – very slick, a lot of special-effects and full of action. It’s very entertaining and I’m really getting into it. (I’m watching it via the online catch-up service, as I’m an episode behind.) Only, while I was doing so, I was abruptly slapped in the middle of the face by an unexpected idea.
Here goes … let’s see if I can put this across in any kind of coherent form.
Over the last few years, there’s been a lot of surprisingly-good television. Lost and the new Battlestar Galactica, for instance, were both interesting as well as entertaining. (At least, they were, until they both went off the rails – but that’s a separate rant.) I suppose that’s the silver lining to the duff decade that the ’00s were – there’s nothing like bad times to force people to think and to question things.
But it gets me to wondering about whether or not these sorts of things tell us something about our culture. (And when I say ‘our culture’, I loosely mean the Western world, rather than any particular bit of it.) Continue reading