Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I might just maybe disagree with Postman slightly...

I will admit I had struggled to get through this weeks reading and couldn't even finish Postman's thoughts before coming to class. But, quickly into discussing his ideas, I found myself angry with his over-the-top judgements in the art of television, or in his opinion - lack there of. 

As I left class I quickly opened my text back up to finish reading his thoughts to get a larger insight, and it left with me with a similar judgement to one in class. 

Postman emphasizes that it isn't the junk on television, but the medium itself. He believes it is a ruiner of public conversation. New York Times writer and editor Armond White also looks down on television by stating, "Despite TV's increasing popularity, there is no substitute for the sensual and visceral excitement that only great cinema provides." 
Now, overall I do see cons in the overall consumption of TV or "junk" television, but I believe we are also diving into sociological, psychological, and artistic developments that Postman did not evaluate fully.
Paul Rust
For myself I found this a a little negative and rather misleading. For many viewers of shows by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and more, the love for a character and their development can be a rewarding experience. Though we get a great look into a sensual or exciting themes of a film, we don't quite get the same character growth in two hours, than we can get in weeks to years of a show. 
Freaks and Geeks
For myself, I found great character development in the show Freaks and Geeks. Each character is evolving or figuring out what the pros and cons of adolescence can be, while creating witty dialogue. When I realized the show had only one season due to conflicts between the producer and NBC, I was heartbroken. The amount of depth I had found in those unique characters was outstanding, and knowing I wouldn't find out where Lindsey, Sam and Nick would go after high school still upsets me. 
Color Palette - Steven Universe
Looking at another show with great character development is actually a children show, Steven Universe. Following the development of the gems really showed the great writing the creators have developed. Going with the character development, Steven Universe also creates great color theory themes throughout episodes that really play to each character's power or special aesthetic, creating an artist theory in itself.


  • Do you think television has any artistic standpoints? 
  • Do you think TV has the same value as movies? 

1 comment:

  1. I am so in line with your same thought process. I was happy to see someone else feeling the same way. In answer to your first question, "Do you think television has any artistic standpoints?" - I absolutely do! In fact, Postman's concepts were disturbing to me to the degree that he seems to negate the art of the television writer, director and marketer. Television is so succinct, it requires very careful and artful script writing and direction. Most television shows are filmed on a small set, requiring the art of direction to create the perception of a large space. Additionally, I like your points of character development. Indeed, television has produced many great characters that come to feel like family members to audiences over the years.

    In my career, I have been a writer, director and producer of public television shows and live broadcasts. My shows included a cooking show, fitness show, home and architecture show, and a news talk show. Each required script writing, professional makeup and talent who served as hosts, directors, editors, and sound professionals. Each also had a professional marketing team.

    I can only imagine the work that goes into prime time television episodes. But indeed, I view television as art and was nearly offended by Postman's lack of appreciation.

    Thanks for your similar perspective!