OPINION; Who​ ​Says​ ​Television​ ​Doesn’t​ ​Mirror​ ​Life?

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In the short amount of time it has taken to get from the beginning of ​2016​ ​to the end​ ​2017,​ the world has​ ​endured​ ​a major influx in ​violence and terrorism,​ ​even​ ​on​ ​American​ ​soil.​ ​It seems that every day we​ ​wake​ ​up to​ ​media​ ​threats​ ​of​ ​imminent​ ​war​ from ​North​ ​Korea​ ​and​ ​Iran, and tensions only seem to be growing.​ It doesn’t help that ​our​ ​cable​ ​television​ ​executives have decided​​ ​to​ ​inundate​ ​us​ ​this fall with​ ​new​ ​shows​ ​related​ ​to​ ​violence,​ ​security​, ​and​ ​patriotism.​ ​​​More and more contenders such​ ​as​ ​​Seal Team,​ Valor,​ Wisdom of the Crowd, and​ The Brave, have been stepping up to the task of competing with ​top​ ​ranked​ ​classics – ​namely ​​Madam Secretary, Blacklist, and​ Designated Survivor ​- to display the increasing violence that we just can’t seem to avoid these days.

Personally, after hearing so much about terrible events, I​ have become​ ​desensitized​ in regards to ​shootings,​ ​wildfires,​ ​and​ ​security​ ​breaches​. When​ ​I​ ​hear​ ​the​ news​ ​or watch​ ​any​ ​of​ ​these​ ​shows,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​a​ ​hard​ ​time​ ​figuring​ ​out which​ ​are​ ​actual, current​ ​facts​ ​or​ ​predictions of “upcoming​ ​real​ ​life​ ​episodes”.​

With all the negativity in the mainstream media, it​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​me​ ​that​ ​alternative production​ ​companies​ ​like​ ​Amazon​ ​and​ ​Netflix​ ​would benefit from ​seizing ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​offer​ ​more​ ​life positive​ ​series.​ ​​Let’s​ ​see​ ​more​ ​Curb Your Enthusiasm comedies about this and that,​ ​more​ ​​Save​ The Bell or​ Dawson​ Creek​ type ​shows​ ​about​ ​tween​ ​relationships,​ ​or ​​Planet​ Earth ​documentaries.​ ​​​​​​

I would much rather ​be​ ​amused​ ​or​ ​learn​ ​something when watching a show, not watch then have to go to bed with fear for the worst! ​​​I have already ​lived through​ ​that​ ​as​ ​a​ ​toddler​ ​with​ ​September​ ​11​th​​ ​and​ ​as​ ​a​ ​pre-teen​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Great​ ​Recession. ​Let’s​ ​reinforce​ ​optimism,​ happiness,​ ​diversity​ ​and​ ​most​ ​of​ ​all​ ​love.​ ​I​ ​see​ ​some​ ​hope with​ ​​This Is​ Us and​ ​​Blackish, but​ ​not with ​this​ ​fall​ ​season​ ​from​ ​TV​ ​networks.​ ​​ ​​ ​

These​ ​are the​ ​same​ ​entertainment​ ​executives​ ​that​ ​encouraged​ ​Bill​ ​Cosby​ ​and​ ​Harvey​ ​Weinstein​ ​to​ ​become power​ ​players, and ​you​ ​see​ ​what​ ​happened​ ​to​ ​them. I​ ​speak​ ​for​ ​me,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​also​ ​for​ ​my​ ​generation.​ ​​I​ ​want​ ​transparency​ ​in​ ​all​ ​things.​ ​​​Let’s hear​ ​about​ ​the​ ​good​ ​things​ ​that​ ​are​ ​actually​ ​occurring​ ​in​ the world ​more​ ​than​ ​the​ ​bad​ ​things​ ​that may​ ​happen.​ ​​​Give​ ​me​ ​quality​ ​over​ ​quantity​ ​in​ ​my​ ​choices​ ​of​ ​eyeball​ ​screening​ ​because​ ​TV​ ​is​ ​no longer​ ​the​ ​only​ ​way​ ​I​ ​get​ ​my​ ​news​ ​and​ ​entertainment.


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