Glee's very first episode was amazing. I was intrigued by ALL the
characters, I thought they all had something to say and was impressed by
their talents. But as Rachel Berry's skirts got shorter and shorter,
Quinn's convictions got fewer and fewer and Mr. Shue's ex-wife kept
lying and lying, I lost interest. In all honesty, I see that every day.
I am constantly seeing situations that Glee makes light of in my daily
life. I would rather use TV to challenge my reality and provide a
thought-provoking picture of humanity - not see it's worst parts skewed
with an inappropriate innuendo. And I realize that most TV doesn't
portray that anymore, nor are audiences looking for that. But when I can
have kids through aresol cans into my backyard that they'd been
huffing, and see girls from my own undergraduate, Christ-centered
university get onto the trolly exposing their underwear because their
skirts are so short and their ugg boots are too high, I need to be
engaging them in discussion, not watching a TV show that promotes it and
qualifies it as okay because it's just high-schoolers figuring out "who
Please don't take this as a "I am much better than other people
because I don't watch Glee or anything on TV" because I am SO not that
person. And I do watch shows that are questionable at times (I can't get enough of Big Bang Theory and it's regular discussion of "coitus").
But this year, since moving into our new house, I've watched less TV. I
am sure partly it's because that Seth has refused to let me get cable
because it's too expensive and partly because if I had it, I would be
watching it all the time instead of reading my thousands of pages for
grad school. But I must admit, it's been pretty nice not having it.
While I've grown more dependent on my netflix que, I've realized that I
haven't missed things as much as I thought I would. Sure, I miss
mind-numbing sitcoms, but honestly, I think I miss the social aspect of
them more - knowing that I know what people are talking about the day
after something airs. Knowing that I am "in the loop" about what's going
on in pop culture. But, if I were to be totally honest, I'm not very in
the loop with some of my friends. I am not very in the loop with my
neighbors or immediate community. Nor am I always aware of the loop that
God is creating around me.
A couple of years ago, I felt like my world was surrounded by the
rich and famous. I wanted to know everything about them; who they were
dating, where they ate dinner that night, what whacko name they had come
up with for their next kid, etc. But eventually I had to take a step
back. I realized I knew way too much about what coffee shops people were
frequenting than how my best friends were doing while teaching English
in China. While sometimes I still look at people.com, I've realized that
people.com is about more than celebrities - it's about PEOPLE. Sure,
there are days where I wish I were famous (because then I could SO get away with naming my future daughter Cinnamon), but those are the days that I realize that I feel lonely and just want people to "know" me.
I don't think TV, as scandalous or as wholesome as it can be is the
answer. The answer is people; knowing each other and being with each
other through life's predicaments of teen pregnancy, understanding our
sexuality, divorce, and a smidgen of OCD. It's embracing the spirit of
the inner being to dwell on things that are pure, noble, and righteous,
and telling those around us, "Don't stop believin'!"