Will’s Thoughts On The Quality Of Motion Pictures And Television Shows Today.
I heard someone talking about the current state of motion pictures and television shows the other day, and while I can’t print exactly what they said, let’s just say that it was a heap less than flattering, and positively prolifically profane. It made my heart go out to studio execs, who are desperate to find the next big hit. Their constant quest for sensationalism keeps them on the very edge of madness, as evidenced by some of the crazy stuff they come up with. Television shows like America’s Got Talent and American Idol had the right recipe for longevity and financial success, until some ‘need weed’ looney tunes came up with the crazy concept of ‘dramatizing’ the judges. Now, both television shows should be called “America Needs Talent Show Hosts’, because the competitions are way more about who the new judges will be, and who can be the biggest jack-a-ma-bob, drama queen and/or snob. They have transformed their chairs into turnstiles to other shows, and despicably, most of them don’t hesitate to upstage the poor contestants to further their careers.
Then, gag, there’s the ‘reality’ television shows. I reckon that if you took all the schtick of the very worst of vaudeville, mixed in a healthy dose of amateur actors, unrealistic situations, really stupid plots, a few schlemihls and airheads, then pureed the whole lot, they’d end up the same way that they started. Pointless and mindless. To me, these television shows are as entertaining as watching wood petrify, or miniature ponies tied to a stake, going around and around all afternoon. And, should a new television show ever come along (aka: make it to North America), nine imitations of it will instantly appear, each more pathetic than its predecessor. In the beginning, show business was the support system for entertainment and entertainers. But, at some point, it decided to become the entertainment and entertainers, and it has slid straight downhill, at terminal velocity, every since.
I reckon that show business has stretched truth, reason and morality beyond all limits, and has become boring, weak and repetitious as a result. Sure, a show about a whistling dad taking his son fishing is dull when compared to mass murder action flicks, but seriously, has the world not seen enough blood? Has it not witnessed enough pain and heard enough crying? I figure that if show business wants to remain viable into the future, it needs to return to its role of supporting entertainment and entertainers, with quality motion pictures and television shows that showcase real talent, concentrating more on their human attributes, rather than mechanical and computer generated aids.
Show business, like traditional media, has reached a point in history where it must recognize, and take responsibility, for the huge role it plays in shaping society. It has behaved like a terrible parent, who covered society’s table with junk food, then watched its children suffer from horrible oral, eating and social disorders. It has taught us that only evil deserves respect, and goodness is a sign of weakness. It hs turned our heroes into fools, and reduced caring cooperative neighborhoods to isolated self-indulgent paranoid introverts. I hope that the media and entertainment industries will one day see their errors, and finally use their power to create motion pictures and television shows that inspire positive change all around the world.
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