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Network

I watched the movie Network the other day. It's reputedly somewhat of an inspiration for Studio 60, and it was really excellent - a biting satire. Despite being 30 years old, it was also quite prescient about modern day TV culture and the cult of the celebrity.

I thought this quote was especially apt. It's a rant by Howard Beale, the news anchor turned crazy TV prophet in Network, and is very reminiscent of Wes's outburst in the S60 pilot!

"So, listen to me! Television is not the truth! Television is a goddamned amusement park, that's what television is! Television is a circus, a carnival, a travelling troupe of acrobats and story-tellers, singers and dancers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion- tamers and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business!

If you want truth, go to God, go to your guru, go to yourself because that's the only place you'll ever find any real truth! But, man, you're never going to get any truth from us. We'll tell you anything you want to hear. We lie like hell! We'll tell you Kojack always gets the killer, and nobody ever gets cancer in Archie Bunker's house. And no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don't worry: just look at your watch -- at the end of the hour, he's going to win. We'll tell you any shit you want to hear! We deal in illusion, man! None of it's true!

But you people sit there -- all of you -- day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds -- we're all you know. You're beginning to believe this illusion we're spinning here. You're beginning to think the tube is reality and your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you think like the tube. This is mass madness, you maniacs! In God's name, you people are the real thing! We're the illusions! So turn off this goddamn set! Turn it off right now! Turn it off and leave it off. Turn it off right now, right in the middle of this very sentence I'm speaking now --"

Oh how true! What Not to Wear tells us how to dress, Jamie Oliver tells us how to eat, Supernanny tells us how to raise our kids. And this was written back in 1976!

What I also loved about this movie is that it gave me a little glimpse into the kind of issues S60 might deal with! Woohoo! (What do you mean, turn off the TV?)
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