Originally posted by benrl
Pushing of agendas through the idiot box...
I would agree with you when it comes to Hollywood. It seems that whenever there is a war, or plans for a war, Hollywood seems to have a whole line of
"War Hero" movies ready to release. I believe that the US Gov uses propaganda methods to hype-up the national pride when they want to go to war, and
that they use Hollywood as a paid tool to push through their sentiment and gain public backing.
But when it comes to TV shows, I think the studios are simply following public sentiment.
After all, they need to produce something that people want to see, they need the money from advertising. Hollywood just needs the money from ticket
So, I believe TV more accurately reflects the national opinion. After seeing the increasing protests, and the continued decline of the economy, they
see that the people are becoming restless and critical opinion of government is rising. TV reflects that because they know more people want to see
that story being played out, they get higher ratings, and they make more money through advertising.
I see it as a good thing, because it increases the sentiment among the masses that something is very wrong and needs to be fixed. Screw Hollywood,
they'll just produce crap until the cows come home. But TV as a stake in pleasing their audience and giving them something that they can relate to.
That increases awareness, and it increases the chances of change.
It sounds like an interesting story too. I just hope it doesn't do what a lot of other US shows do and fade out of the high-impact drama and into
People got into Lost because of the high drama and visuals, it faded and people became bored. Jericho started out really well, but they lost that
element of drama and visuals after the first show and it faded out. The Walking Dead has done better to keep the dramatic alive, but even that's
becoming a little mundane.