I just really love TV
I’m working on a research project right now that has me hunting down the last season of Will and Grace and collecting intellectual and academic responses to the arc of the show, and in so doing I’ve been thinking more about TV.
People who summarily dismiss television are missing some really lovely serialized stories. And I am aware of what they really are - advertising platforms, that’s all TV really is, a collection of stories designed to press our buttons so that the desired demographic will put their eyes on advertising - but sometimes besides that they are actually beautiful, which is really maybe such a triumph of the creative human spirit that we should give it a little more credit.
And so now I’m thinking about the last episode of Freaks and Geeks. That whole show, really, and the way I think about Lindsay Weir, like she’s an old friend from high school who I wish the very best for, who some part of my heart believes is living this adventurous, beautiful life even though it’s just beyond my vision. I know. I really do.
So bear with me, y’all - I’m trying to get back to your regular Klaine programming but my head is full of things right now and it’s a lot of work stuff and a lot of life stuff and a little bit of fandom stuff. Back soon, once the proportion turns again!
Last night an anon asked:
Is there a difference though between slashers being cool with whatever, and ignoring double standards on the show (along with haphazard writing) that genuinely upset people?
And it was such a good question, and something that I think about a lot, and so I wanted to really respond to it in full. This is… such a long response to such a simple question, but that is generally how I roll. Note also that the word ‘intersectionality’ does not occur in this response, but it probably should. I’ve been sitting on this since this morning, and am going to go ahead and put it up now even though I think that could be risky because of other stuff in the air. There are still a few things about this that I’m working out, but I think this does more or less represent what I think about this stuff, right now at least.
Please do not reblog this! I hate posting things I am still working out on tumblr; the conversation can get out of control and vitriolic way too quickly. Links are fine, my ask is here, but this is the kind of thing I would much rather post on my LJ because I could control the conversation more easily. Help me out as I try to use this form that is sort of ill-suited for this kind of thing, will you? I’m going out to dinner now - putting this up and walking away from it is terrifying.
(PS - no idea why the lines are like this between the paragraphs, and I can’t get it fixed. Sorry!)
It’s girl scout cookie season, so naturally my thoughts turn to Thin Mints
And here is a thing I wonder: what counts as “one sitting”?
So, let’s say that I opened a sleeve of Thin Mints. And then I ate some, and they were delicious.