Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Television.

Rolling Stone really has been knocking them out of the park here recently. I've always been a fan of the magazine, mostly because the pictures and articles about the artists are always so stellar, but these past two issues have been especially wonderful, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that it's not a musician on the cover.

For the past two issues, television has been featured and while it's not strange for Rolling Stone to cover film and television as well as musicians, I think it's interesting that they've done it two issues in a row.
It's been a good two weeks for television, what with the national coverage and the Emmys and what not. It seems that television has become something of cultural importance once again and something that is
saturating the zeitgeist. When FRIENDS was on the air, it was all people could talk about. They were on magazines, they were everywhere. But as that ended, there was a lull. But now, it seems that television stars are once again at the top of the heap.

I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we allow them into our homes. With a movie, you have to go to a theater and pay to see it. You have to make an effort, but you also have to go someplace to see it. It's like you are going to where they live. But with television, you are allowing them into where you live and letting them be a part of your life, and not the reverse as it is in movies. I think that's why reality TV is so popular because it's this reciprocal relationship between these people letting you into their lives and you letting them into yours.

If you think about it, it's this really incredible medium where you can watch a feel-good show about a glee club followed by an artful look at ad men in the 60's. You can watch a singer perform in a stage full of cotton candy or an opera streaming live from the Met. You can watch a competition between aspiring top chefs or the top athletes in the world compete for gold medals.
I like that television is being celebrated and it's getting attention other than just being something that happens inbetween advertisements for Bud Light and Tampex. It makes me hopeful that no matter how technology changes and how many new ways there are to actually watch these shows and for people to make money off of us, that television will remain a viable medium for the exchanging of ideas and for people to create art that's important....or a place for the next Real Housewives franchise...whatever works.

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