I am not a big TV watcher, a typical week for me consist of less than 10 hours of viewing time. I find it rather difficult to watch shows as I feel that many aspects of life in these programs have either been overly romanticized or void of meaning, that is why I found this particular broadcast very fascinating. I really appreciated the discussion on themes of: meaning, God, morality and re-enchanting the world that current shows are tackling.
Whenever I first decide to watch a TV program I initially ask myself, ‘does the show provide a potential learning opportunity for me?’ If my conclusion is yes, then after viewing the first episode I ask myself ‘how does this show’s commentary about society appeal to me?’ Shows where existential ploys are utilized to affirm complex and disconcerting aspects of societal experiences are rather intriguing.
One of the shows that I have a strong proclivity for and meets my criteria is one that was mentioned in this broadcast, True Blood. The allegory is quite powerful in my opinion. I really am drawn to the underlining commentary that is made on discrimination and its relationship as the instigator of individuals’ feelings otherness. What I love about True Blood in particular is that every group feels marginalized in some way shape or form. Just in this last season, I really felt for characters such as Antonia, Marni and the group of Wiccans that were accosted by vampires; I could relate to their struggle and their urge to defend themselves.
While critics have often commented that the vampires of True Blood are stand-ins for the current issues within Gay Rights or an allusion to the Civil Rights movement, I think what the show says on a large scale goes much deeper than that. There is this profound impenitence towards the lack of morality and ethical values in society as a whole. You often hear Bill Compton in these melancholy multifaceted laments about the lost of one’s own humanity. It is often followed by an incessant contrition regarding his many contributions to this epidemic. That is just so powerful; it makes me understand the seriousness behind a much need introspective look within ourselves that our civilization needs to have.
There are a two big questions that this show appears to ask; for me those are ‘whether or not one’s struggle is more profound and important than another and can their be complete truth in a one sided view of life?’ I have come to the conclusion that fighting between to opposing ends is nothing more than a truth in discord. Is anyone truly ever right or wrong? Truth is what you believe it to be, it is indeed a relative state of thinking and if we are to overcome our own personal turmoil that ravage the greater good of humankind and our own humanity we must recognize a collective need to be active participants in our own stories against adversity. Or as Bill Compton so metaphorically and brilliantly put it so at the Festival of Tolerance in Episode 45, “How can you have an event in honor of the living dead without any living dead? It’s like having a civil rights protest without any black people.” Until we engage ourselves compassionately in the collective struggle, can we get anywhere?
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