Monday, June 20, 2011

An Incarnation of Sorts

I'm an aspiring television writer and live in Los Angeles, CA. I've been dedicated to the television medium all my life and consider television to be anything but the passive activity it's portrayed to be. Television has had a bad rap in the last few decades, especially when regarding children and their television-viewing consumption, but everything in moderation, right? Television is a powerful, imagery-laced portal that transports its viewers into another realm that at the very least, stirs up viewer's emotions who might otherwise not be so extroverted. Every once in a while, you hear about some man, usually one living in a kind of house that's supported by wheels, blows out their television set with a shot gun because they were watching their favorite TV show and was pissed when they learned "so-and-so" was caught cheating on their boyfriend in an episode. Case and point, I believe popular past shows like: "Friends", "Seinfeld", "Roseanne", "Lost" and "Law and Order" would not be the powerhouses they once were if viewers didn't emote positive or NEGATIVE responses from their favorite characters.

The same logic of a character's likeability can be applied to the news as well. The images of certain news events like the 1969 moon landing, Apollo 13 incident, 1992 L.A. riots, O.J. Simpson murder trial and the 9/11 attacks brought to us live on television has elicited hundreds of emotions from its viewers.

One thing is clear: television is a powerful tool of imagery and raw emotion that keeps us coming back for more. In this blog, I want to explore the many facets of television that incorporates a deep and imbedded social history and impact, the influence of corporate news media and reviews and the sociology of some of your favorite TV shows. I hope to write entries once a day and I hope you get as much out of this blog as I will inevitably get out of it. Until tomorrow!

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