Monday, May 24, 2010

The Gospel According To Larry by Janet Tashjian

One day I had enough energy to do laundry. Heart's tired today. Giving myself some time to adjust to the humidity. Lots of water and dumb TV, which can inspire thought-provoking conversations.

Why do people do what they do? We know "reality TV" can serve as a window or mirror into a culture and its values. But specifically, how does television glamorize and even normalize self-destructive habits such as eating disorders? Certainly the nature of advertisements exploits every possible insecurity from social standing to sexuality. And what better demographic to hack away at than young persons just developing their sense of self. Collectively, teenagers are known to buy almost anything they're told to. But what exactly are we selling?

And thus begins my new study: MTV and me. It'll be good. Painful, but good.


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