How I witness the Changing Media
As I watched Frank Underwood push Zoey Barnes in front of a train, my hands reached my face as I gasped! which got me thinking about what all people do in politics. There have been many instances like these with other shows like, in Breaking bad when Walter White watches Jesse’s girlfriend die just as a passive attempt in making Jesse realize the depth of the situation they were in. When the red wedding almost ended the heirs of The Stark family and so on…
Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar have been helping us, the Gen-Y and Gen-Z win at living the fast life as well as keeping up with the trend! We travel so much with nothing but time to kill during those hours, this is where these sites come into the role; We don’t need to wait for 4 p.m. to watch Pokémon or 10 p.m. to watch This is Us, when we can watch anything anywhere without having to worry about missing out on a part while taking a break.
Being an Indian Teen, born as a 90’s- 00’s cusp, I’ve had my share of liking for terrible shows and characters but as I grew up, I realized they consisted of one-dimensional characters, highly biased writing, unrealistic proportions of propaganda and worst of all, stereotyping of genders! However, In today’s world of media and cinema, the characters are darker and realistic making them more appealing to the audience, everyone has their own version of that reality since, there’s a relatable aspect to it! Watching Bojack horseman describing his disturbing childhood as a comic tragedy leading to a fairly well adulthood with a huge dose of man-child like cribbing, is a perfect example of how a person’s childhood affects their personality as they grow up. I do not remember anyone saying, I’m so Poo! Since she’s portrayed as a self-centred girl who always got what she wanted due to her privileged lifestyle.
The traditional style of television was made to bring people together through mindless performances but shows nowadays outmanoeuvred those shows by content driven shows which don’t intend on making people stars but just try telling stories in honest and raw form.
Now as I’m rooting for a “negative” character such as Pablo Escobar, I see he’s not one dimensional the can be a father who puts fire to his money to keep his kids warm, a brother who’ll fight the whole world who does unjust to his siblings, a husband who’ll always come home to his wife. Similarly, a very talked about character Kuckoo is not a character to be made into memes, she’s someone to be praised for her strength and ambitions.
It’s in these moments sense of belongingness doesn’t matter, but when a character on the other side of the screens says things that you longing to say, it feels like looking into a mirror and not in a screen.
1L, BBA LLB