Posted by: Jennifer | July 27, 2005

bad timing

I have to disagree with Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times, who feels that tonight’s debut of the new Steven Bochco show will put Americans more in touch with a war that has become almost a second thought for them.

The war is one of first things on everyone’s minds, whether you’re a part of it or not. It’s on the news, it’s in the papers, it’s all over the internet. Everything we read or see or watch or think about is in some way tied to the way, sometimes for no reason but for shock value. It is next to impossible to detach yourself from the conflict the same way that you would not notice a slide is computer stocks. It’s always there.

With that in mind, I think that it’s really bad timing to be debuting a TV show that puts the audience front and centre in this war. Do we want people to know how difficult it is to be over there? Absolutely, because they should be supporting their troops. But this is taking a serious conflict and turning it into entertainment. It’s almost…macabre, for lack of a better word. Instead of making people more aware, the viewers will find themselves more detached than ever from the horrors of war. After all, it’s not real — it’s just a TV show. Is that really the message that Hollywood should be sending?


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