Monday, March 20, 2023

[Commentary] Has the Improved Diversity and Quality of Television Today Impacted the Quality of Human Contact?

You know what ‘Gets Me Going’?  The television shows today.  Writers have become more innovative and appealing to the masses.  I love the diversity on television.  The strong female lead characters and the representation of the LGBT community has now been integrated into just about every show I see.  I love it!  

From ‘Black Mirror’ to ‘The Umbrella Academy’ to ‘American Horror Story’, it’s hard to dedicate myself to one series after getting started with others.  I was not an enthusiastic “show watcher” for many years.  With a cynical attitude to our beloved “idiot box”, there was only movies and Seth McFarlane animation for me.  Hulu and Netflix were my sole sources for the screen scene.  

There is an art involved with today’s television that is more provocative than it once was for me.  I’m torn and rightfully so.  These features are so thought-provoking that we in some ways are able to tap into our creative side and thrive to become better.  I got sucked in a while back with ‘The Walking Dead’.  It was slow to boot, but all my peers urged me to stay with it. Now the anticipation is brutal.  I still do not have the time to watch when it airs, but I am hooked.  Personally, ‘The Walking Dead’ has inspired me to become more in tune with the fact that I am at the top of the food-chain and would like to one day learn to hunt (just in case).  Let’s be honest, if things were to fall apart, many of us have zero survival skills.  The shows also trigger my imaginative side to wander.  Thinking about plots and writing ideas have all come to mind from simply placing myself in the writer’s position.  Saying to myself, “I could create a series, I have many concept ideas that people would probably like.”  

There’s actually a production company called ‘Idiot Box’.  It forces my skeptical mind to wonder if these producers are mocking our dedication to these series’.  Have we as a race all fallen prey to the conditioning of working and tuning in faithfully to these shows that are far easier to love than once before?  This also further takes away from quality human to human contact that we are already depriving ourselves of.  Along with our phones and devices, most of us are engaging more in online discussions than in real life.  This is my dilemma.  There is a still a side of me that feels as if I am neglecting my intelligence by tuning in more than I used to.  

So, to wrap this up, I’ll say, draw your own conclusion.  Just be sure to stay active where you can and educate yourself a few hours a day as well.  Thanks for tuning in and be safe for St. Patty’s Day!  Cheers!

Trina Davenport, a Baltimore native, has been writing for over a decade and has an array of multiple talents.  She holds a wealth of knowledge regarding media and loves to express herself through writing as well as a podcast she and her brother host.  Trina’s background includes an IT degree as well as holding a four-year position as Vice President for a Baltimore Non-Profit.  She also has a business called Vino Visuals that creates fine art using wine corks.  She is thrilled to be a part of the OutWire family.

Podcast:  Absolutely Alphas (YouTube, SoundCloud, FB, IG and all major streaming platforms)


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