Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Triumph of the Overclass

Excellent article over at Salon on how the scripted dramas of today's television have all but marginalised the working and middle classes of the world, instead opting for a celebration of the very rich.

It reminds of why Corrie is so special. It's hard to relate to anyone in a lot of these shows. I don't own a fabulous mansion on a beach. I am not an architect. I don't get $500 haircuts. I begin to feel a little inadequate. So seeing Les Battersby's water damaged (and rented) house makes me not feel so guilty about the walls in my (rented) apartment that need painting.

6 comments:

Debbie said...

That article was great.

What always amazed me was when I would hear my relatives sayinghow much they identified with characters from Beverly Hills 90210 or "The O.C." when really they were living an existance much closer to "Everybody Loves raymond" or "King of the Hill"

Anonymous said...

That was a great article, John. Thanks for sharing it. I completely agree too, that that is one of the awesome things about Corrie.

One of the many!

Not to mention nobody on TV ever seems to say, "That's extravagant" or "We can't afford that." The underlying message seems to be that "we don't say things like that."

My parents never shied away from "that's too expensive." For which I will always be grateful.

Michigander Fan

John said...

15 years ago, you had "Roseanne," which frequently saw Dan unemployed and sometimes bills just didn't get paid.

Today, it's as though the people who create TV have just given up trying to remember what it was like when they working a 9 to 5 job. I guess they figured they may as well just write about people just like them. It's a little alienating to the average viewer.

Of course, "Roseanne" was a response to the upper middle-class antics of "The Cosby Show" so I suppose it's inevitable that some show will come along that's a response to "The Gossip Girl."

I mean, when was the last time you saw Carrie Bradshaw ironing?

Anonymous said...

Not only that, but I don't see Carrie Bradshaw ACTUALLY able to afford those stupid designer shoes she loved so much...those things are over $200 a pair!

Yes, Roseanne was quite realistic. We also had The Waltons, reminding us of what hard times were like... Good Times (that was in the Projects even)...

Heck, even Mama's Family is more realistic - the paint job that looks 30 years old in the kitchen, with the old fridge that doesn't match.

It's fairly clear that most TV and movie execs have no freaking clue how most of us live. I went to go see a movie this summer where I actually had to pay regular price and everything, and I just about hit the ceiling $9.25 USD. For a movie! Well, that's pretty much the end of the theater-going experience for me!

MF

Jacqueline said...

To see a movie at the Paramont on John in Toronto at peak times cost $18Cdn.

Anonymous said...

You're KIDDING!?!

I just about keeled over when the kid said $9.25. I don't go to a lot of movies, since I am not made of money, so there has been a big jump since I last went.

MF