As a kid you keep hearing that whatever’s shown on TV is not real. And probably every kid is well aware of that too.
Then I wonder exactly at what age do TV characters suddenly become ‘relatable’?
Every now and then I see my friends taking some online quiz and bragging about which ‘Friends’ character they are.
Friends is an exceptionally well made show about a bunch of people taking bad decisions with hilarious results. I love watching it.
But I think its problematic if that starts feeling relatable.
Another phenomenon I see in abundance now is the glorification of sarcasm. Whether it was classroom teachings or books I read, sarcasm was considered to be a negative trait.
Humour should bring comfort to others. Whereas as per research and also the quite obvious, sarcasm is actually thin veiled meanness. Its a form of manipulation and an opportunity for a person to express his hate and latent anger, without the consequences.
Often the person cracking sarcasm feels his comments are more hurtful than the person at the receiving end perceives them to be.
Hence glorification of sarcasm should be an indicator of the psyche of today’s bitter world.
Furthermore I as well as most people must have noticed how difficult it is to watch anything on TV nowadays. Previously movies and TV shows were something that brought people together. Well now, its uncomfortable to watch anything on your own as well.
Whether it was romance, action, comedy or just horror flicks, TV shows used to focus on the growth of a character. It had a feel good effect after you finished watching it.
Whereas now, what will the society gain watching teenagers doing drugs?
Is it a reflection of society? Then why not show teenagers studying hard and building a good future ahead. That would be a more realistic and efficient reflection of society.
Also the most shocking and appalling thing I find is how so many content made nowadays have disgusting ‘undertones’ of incest and pedophilia. They would subtly creep it into any random scene.
Content nowadays is a lecture, trying to force people into following a morally and ethically bankrupt lifestyle.
But why would people make movies and TV shows like this? I saw a few people discussing about it and they came up with a very good point.
Essentially by destroying the concept of family and conditioning the population to self sabotage their own lives, people will turn to the authorities for help and support. And that is an excellent way to control the entire population.
Divide and rule. Instead of movies bringing people together, touching people across countries, races, genders, religions, they just divide people more and more on these grounds.
Sometimes I get really surprised how my friends start arguing with eachother over simple movies, tweets and random Facebook posts. We all went to same school or college. Studied in the same classrooms. Hung out in the same canteens.
Then how did everyone’s opinions and mentalities become so fragmented?
I feel its due to 2 factors.
Its bound to be different for everyone and beyond your control. Infact this is what gives people their individuality.
Since the age of 7 to 14, we didn’t have TV connection in our home. My parents thought I was watching too much TV.
Well, they could have added parental control on the Tv. Or hidden the remote? 😄
But they just gave up the connection. And I wasn’t too happy about it.
In school my friends would discuss about new TV shows I had no idea about.
Particularly about reality TV shows about some ‘dating game’ and ‘cussing competition’.
They criticized the shows. But also obsessively watched them.
And I feel that’s when their susceptible minds got ‘conditioned’ to follow and imitate everything they saw on TV. That’s when they started finding TV characters ‘relatable’.
So now I think, not letting your kids watch TV during their developing years is a good practice.
A lot of people develop reading habits later in life. But I think its mandatory to read quality books in early childhood itself. Because books contribute to personality and help develop strong opinions.
Books are not just for information. They’re also fundamental for invocation of feelings, judgement, aesthetic and personality.
At this point, I don’t read as much as I used to. But I also think I’ve read some quality works by great minds. And now I utilise that experience in other aspects of life.
Presently, I rarely watch anything made after 2010. And there’s plenty of content to choose from. And that’s also probably the reason why so many movies nowadays are performing poorly and OTT platforms losing their subscribers.
No one’s interested in perverted, unscrupulous and political ‘woke’ crap.
I hope in the coming days when the creators get some sense back into them, we’ll again get to see some logical, ethical and entertaining content. However there are plenty of good books and enough nice shows from years back, to keep us entertained for now.