It is up to us to live up to the legacy that was left for us, and to leave a legacy that is worthy of our children and of future generations. – Christine Gregoire
Entertainment has always been a big part of my life. I love watching movies and shows, because it allows me to escape my own life, for a while.
Having said that, I’m glad I grew up in a generation that took things a little more seriously.
- The entertainment industry used to put heart into their work. Networks like the Disney channel and Nickelodeon put heart into their work with genuine shows like “Life with Derek”, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, “That’s So Raven.” Even sitcoms like “Yes, Dear”, “Everybody Loves Raymond” or “The King of Queens.”
Seeing what passes for shows these days on Disney and Nickelodeon breaks my heart. The shows are overly-staged, seem unnatural and don’t hold a lot of realism. I suppose part of that is escapism, but I remember loving how much I connected with some of the characters from shows I watched when I was a child. Lizzie McGuire was another show I loved, growing up.
- Childhood values have shifted. My sister and I were talking the other day and she brought up something that made me think a lot about why I dislike our generation so much, today. “When I was a child, kids would basically look at you strangely if you wore makeup in junior high. Let kids be kids!” She remembers how if she did see kids with makeup on, it was all over their face and messy, like a child’s drawing, because that’s what it was all about when we were young. Being a silly child — not a fashion model at the age of 8 or 16. It just goes to show you how much our values have changed in what we watch, how we dress and what we like and respect. [Like no sex before marriage — I’m still for that].
Just take a look at how much Nickelodeon’s headquarter’s have changed. [Click to enlarge].
The “now” image looks great. If I was looking at a hotel or college campus. What is this monstrosity and where has childhood gone?!
I’m an adult and I’ll be honest. For some strange reason, I had a dream about my sister and I having the same conversation we had, just recently. I woke up missing the generation in which I was a child and went online and started watching “Life with Derek.”
I’m two minutes in and already, I can connect with more characters than I can in three hours of a children’s show today. How sad is that? It just goes to show you the bland, emotionless humor they go for, these days because it’s what’s valued. Laugh tracks instead of actual, genuine laughter. Don’t tell me when to fucking laugh. If you were funny, I’d laugh. Sure, laugh tracks existed back then, but it wasn’t used as often and if they were, the shows were still genuinely funnier and relatable. Plus, more shows were filmed in front of a live audience, so if you did hear laughter, it was sometimes actual people laughing.
Heck, even shows like Smallville were better.
We saw Clark Kent grow from a struggling teen into a man. He was a teen who felt out of place, because he was living with a secret that he was even scared to tell his own friends about. He thought that maybe they’d think he was a freak. There were other factors that played into his decision, but ultimately, it was realistic.
He had a caring father that someone of us can only dream of having, even though he was a strict father.
Don’t we wall feel lost and out of place? Maybe we’re scared to share certain factors of our lives with people. Our mental illnesses. Something that happened to us. Our struggles or worries. How we grew up. The fact that we were adopted and maybe because of that, like Clark, we’re confused and sometimes feel unloved.
Even the villain, Lex Luthor, is someone we can relate to. He was a good person, but he was driven to darkness and became Clark’s rival because Clark wouldn’t be honest with him about who he really was. The women he loved betrayed him and his father always saw his son as a businessman first and son last – – and he didn’t care much about his son. He locked his own son up, had him drugged… all just to keep his secrets hidden and reputation powerful.
Not to get too much into the storyline, but I truly believe because of how much Lex admired Clark, if Clark had been honest from the start, he would have protected him and cared for Clark’s safety. It’s the good guy that made the mistake here.
Arrow, the show today on the CW was only good for the first two seasons. It was about Oliver and how the island had traumatized him and changed him, as a person. After the second season, it was no longer really focused on Arrow and more on “Overwatch.” His team. Surprisingly, I’m not a fan of superhero shoes.
Back in college, a female classmate came over to me during class and we started talking for a few minutes. When she heard my answer to her question, she told me that I lived in the stone age and explained to me how old-fashioned I was.
Her question: What do you like doing, outside of college and tech work and your writing?
My answer: I love taking walks during the day or at night, and just talk to a friend. Experience nature. Turn my phone off. Pretend like I’m in a horror movie. Or just relax. Whether that be a forest, a park, a beach.
She liked all of the things that most people these days like: clubbing, partying, fashion, smoking weed to relax, playing her PlayStation and X-Box, etc.
I do realize that these are some things people liked back then, but that’s just it. It was a thing, but it was a smaller thing. These things were done when I was a child, but they weren’t necessarily something that people normally did, without the need to sneak out of the house or into a friend’s house. If that’s still the case for some people, it just means someone in the family still believes in the old-fashioned values of life — and I couldn’t agree more with that belief.
I can’t say I dislike the generation today completely. We have advanced in technology, the medical field, the internet, etc. Many, many things. I love how many resources we have, now. But it seems like the value of true art has decreased in value. I suppose that’s when people meet artists, they’re surprised and somewhat happy because art isn’t valued too much, anymore. Whether it be paintings, literature, or other forms of art.
I guess it’s the little things. But little things make the big things, sometimes.