Add new comment

This particular pod cast was very interesting. The direction popular culture has leaned toward the supernatural is not only a success for the shows themselves, but also a huge influence to people, today. There are many shows that bring imagination to life, with death. As viewers of shows like "Dexter," "True Blood," and "The Walking Dead" can see, these dramas are the new entertainment of our recent time. As humans, we see life in ways like abstractly, realistically and a lot of times, tangibly. When we add concepts of human life alongside zombies that used to be our loved ones or righteous serial killers that kill for the "right reason" or even supernatural beings torn between morality and survival, we look at how would we react to these characters or plots that intertwine reality and really creative fiction. How do we define what is right or wrong when everything we know as right, goes wrong? What does it take and how long does it take human nature to re-establish these lines of virtuous conduct? How these characters in these shows are portrayed is how the viewer can "stay in-tune." When Krista Tippet draws the question of "Why vampires?," Dr. Winston states that they have something that is a draw for many people; sex, money, and existentialism. When there has always been a sort of charm with vampires, a way with seduction, people build a fascination around the concept of, are vampires still capable of being human or having human tendencies? Is there life with death?

The pod cast also brings to light shows like "Homeland." When they talk about "Homeland," the premise is that an American prisoner is taken hostage in Iraq after eight years of being held hostage and now, returns home, as a hero, where he may be suspected as a terrorist. This show is a good connection between the correlation of suspicions we have as a western culture and the Islamic religion and their intentions against us. The point that Krista Tippet makes toward the show strikes Dr. Winston as something she had not thought of yet. She brings up the point that, this man was a prisoner for eight years in Iraq, comes home and becomes a hero, and with this heroism, he takes with him to pray in an Islamic fashion. Is he a "soon-to-be" terrorist? Or, does he use his Islamic connection as a way to keep his faith in America?

These creative fictional shows tie in realistic perspectives that we all can relate to. Whether we have direct significance toward the subject that the plot portrays, there is some emotional connection we can find. As Dr. Winston and Tippet talk about, "What is it to be human?" "What is morality?" These are concepts we can toy with in TV but are also concepts that humans have pondered for centuries.