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Jan 16 2013, 10:55 AM
Jan 16 2013, 09:42 AM
I no more expect the TV shows I watch to give me my moral compass than I believe the Real World on MtV is in fact, the real world.

Movies or television or neither good ways to learn about life or good examples about how situation should be handled.

I just don't think that is a fair analogy. You may be using that example of MTV's Real World as not being a slice of the real world in a hyperbolic fashion. And, for the record, there was a time when I think the Real World did shine an interesting reflective light on what it meant to be a young adult - this is why I love the early 90s so much - but that is a separate point. I won't watch that show now and think, how dare they?!?!? This is in NO way how anyone in the real world acts, because, duhhhh. And for the most part I say that about this soap opera too. But any fiction can appeal to people both as entertainment in some ways, in some story-lines, and touch a more personal, resonant chord in other ways, and that is most fair. This can happen because we come to love particular characters or particular relationships and want the best for those stories, or because a storyline connects in a way another doesn't, or because, if the writing and acting is good, we see something of ourselves in a character's struggles, choices or behaviors. And I think that is fine, and it is not foolish. Does it set a viewer up for disappointment? Sure, but that just means someone somewhere cares, and that is a nice feeling too.

Give me Kate and Sami fighting or odd possession storylines or alien brothers and sisters or affairs and paternity secrets any day. All good, all delicious, all things I love that if I saw happen in the real world, I might give up on the human race. But show me other characters, storylines, handling of issues, etc. and I may have a bigger problem and care that these storylines are treated superficially, etc. And I might question how responsible or irresponsible a portrayal is. A soap opera does not have an obligation to be a pillar of anything except exciting or provocative entertainment, I guess. But if I decided that in some cases I would have wanted better or different for my characters and I leave disappointed, that's reasonable.
Is it really reasonable to expect to get something you know you aren't going to get, though? I guess it might be understandable, but if you've cheerfully enjoyed a show that lacks a moral center for years, it strikes me as unreasonable to start complaining when the show delivers the same questionable content it has for decades.
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