Thursday, February 15, 2007

Television: The L Word

Is anything in your daily life driven by blogging? Do you find yourself paying more attention to a particular musical artist because one of your blogging pals is a fan? Do you go through your day thinking "Hm, I should blog about that"? Does blogging ever effect how you watch television?

Did you all know that I watch a fair amount of television? I do. There. You know my secret cultural shame. Don't tell anyone else, alright? Let's just keep this between friends.

I don't watch TV just for the heck of it, mind you, often it will be on as background while I am making a rosary or writing some long, deep, socially relevant post for my blog (ahem, they are all still in draft form), or sleeping in my chair. I really only have a few things that I love to watch, and make it a point not to miss them and those things are: Boston Legal, American Idol, Dancing with the stars, and almost any rugby match played by a national team or any of the domestic competitions in the southern hemisphere. Since my TV time is limited, I am glad that I have a digital video recorder, which allows me to record my favorite shows, and watch them when it is convenient.

About two months ago, I got sucked into watching another television show… and it is all the fault of some of you that read my blog. You see, I was channel surfing one evening, and I cam across "The L Word", on Showtime. I had never seen the show before, but I knew from reading some of your blogs, that many of you watch and enjoy the show. I watched and enjoyed the episode that was on, and when it was over, I discovered that Showtime was showing the previous seasons, preparatory to beginning the new/current season. So I watched them… all of them, and before you know it, I had added a new show to my watch list.

Here is the thing: Television is a very, very powerful medium. Ok, no big revelation there, but I have to say that plainly, because we all know that getting any sort of cultural information strictly from television… particularly dramas and sitcoms, can be extremely dangerous.

Case in point, The L Word. If I were just some random person that didn't know any women that were lesbians, or didn't have colleagues that are lesbians, or have a family member that is a lesbian, I could find my self thinking that this show is some sort of primer to lesbian lifestyle and that all I ever needed to know about women that are lesbians could be gleaned from that show. I'm glad that I don't buy easily into what I see on the screen, because the outlook that the show might create in an "outsider" like me, might be less than favorable.

You see, if I thought that watching this show made me some sort of expert, I would quickly conclude that all lesbians are VERY promiscuous; all lesbians use the word f*** incessantly; all lesbians are quasi-psychotic; all lesbians regularly engage in self-destructive behavior; and that all lesbians are as mean to each other regarding sexual choices/preferences as the rest of society is to them.

Good thing this is just an hour's worth of entertainment for me.

I enjoy this show because it can be very funny, because of the interplay between the characters, the dialogue is well-written, and it covers subject matter that I can only understand from a double arms length…. but not really. To tell you the truth, I understand all of it, because at the end of the day, the life-issues that the characters face, are no different from the issues that pretty much everyone faces. Love, heartbreak, betrayal, sexual politics, identity, friendship, racism, adoption, employment, family, the dearth of affordable health insurance, interracial relationships, fidelity, life in academic circles, etc…..

If I had never started blogging, I would probably have never seen this show and never would have sat in my chair (my new rocking chair from Ikea!) and thought "hm, maybe I should blog about this".

If you haven't seen it, I think you should give it a try. If you have seen it, tell me what you think.




super des said...

Everything anyone says or I see or I think about has the potential for a blog. If I didn't have to go to work, I'd be writing (more) blog books.

I don't watch tv. But I've heard good things about the L Word.

Leslie said...

I've never seen the show. I'll have to check it out.

BETTY said...

GF great insight about the show! I do catch my self saying oh I should blog about this, sadly I have fallen off the wagon.

I love this show it's addicting, I compare it to melrose place.

Tasha said...

You're very right about the show. It's great entertainment, but I hope people don't use this show to develop their opinions of ALL lesbians, as the opnions would be rather two-dimensional.

I do find myself going about my day saying "I should write about that". I have LOTS of posts in draft form, but I suppose they'll be completed in due time

DJ Black Adam said...

We just rented seasons 1-3 and watched all the episodes on demand. I like the show, but like you said, it doesn't reflect lesibian life for one to act like they know just by watching the show.

Heck, aside from Monk, Law and Order: CI, not many shows we watch. It is interesting.

Anali said...

I've never seen the show, but I have heard some good things about it. I don't have cable, so I'd have to rent the DVDs.

I definitely do think about life in relation to blog posts now. But it's amazing how few things that I say would make a great post actually get turned into posts. There are way too many!

sari said...

i was in the grocery store the other day and saw a girl with a t-shirt that said, 'i'll blog about this.' i laughed so hard.

the l word is a wonderful show that provides entertainment for a(mostly) lesbian audience. we have never been wholly represented in a television show...not that the l word is a whole representation at all. but just as most life is NOT like 'days of our lives,' the l word is not like most lesbian life. we just wish our lives were more exciting and full of hot chicks. that is why we need to be entertained by something that includes exciting adventures and hot chicks.

the same could be said about soap operas, or most drama/sitcoms for that matter...wouldn't you say?

and if i ever knew a woman like shane, i might die happy. :)

p.s. first time the blog thusfar :) i am at

Gunfighter said...

Hello Sari!

I'm glad you are here... please stick around and know that you are welcome.

Grimm said...

I have heard many good things about the show but as of yet not seen it.

As far as blogging, I tend to be to critical with myself by discarding many potential blog posts by saying they weren't up to my readers high quality standards.

TDJ said...

I love The L Word. I got pulled in after season 1 ended. Damn that On Demand! *lol* And like Tasha, I have a gazilliion posts drafted and unfinished. My posts usually come from two or three random things that I pull together into one post.