jriffle

jriffle

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    The Death of the Sitcom

    I’ve noticed lately that, in my opinion, sitcoms are declining in quality, and networks appear to be abandoning them and going for different genres. I think shows like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and The Wire have introduced a precedent for cinematic masterpiece that TV shows haven’t had to meet in the past. Will this shift kill the sitcom, or other genres of shows for that matter?

    • I think it has to do with the changes to the medium. Because audiences can stream whatever they want on the internet, television networks no longer have to fill airtime with superficial humor and can delve into more complex projects. Also, the internet brought about a new wave of competition. The way sitcoms are being made is also changing. Laugh-track, three-camera shows (I Love Lucy, The Big Bang Theory) are being replaced with updated styles, like The Office, or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Maybe they aren't dying, just transitioning? – joshuahall 5 years ago
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    • I have been thinking about this myself lately. I can re-watch Will and Grace and Friends repeatedly, but barely make it through one episode of these new "sitcoms." I have been speculating whether there is an association between the need to be politically correct and not offend people and the reduction in humorous shows. Nowadays it's all sexual innuendoes and crude jokes, no more intelligent jokes. – Catherine Conte 5 years ago
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    jriffle

    I’ve always attempted to get at darker themes with the characters I create, and it always ends up half-hearted. After reading your article, I’m beginning to wonder if I am too “nice” to characters. I’ll definitely be giving that writing exercise a whirl!

    Working with The Shadow: A Writer's Guide
    jriffle

    Its ironic that Mann describes the naked child as the purest human form before it is sexualized by society, and then society comes along and sexualizes her work. Its refreshing to be able to consider the deeper meaning behind something “scandalous” without being labeled as controversial yourself.

    The Controversial Art of Sally Mann
    jriffle

    Harley Quinn is an interesting case, because its pretty clear that she’s a villain, but it seems like everything evil she does is done out of devotion to the Joker. This elicits so many conflicting emotions, because you naturally want to demonize her as the villain, but you can also relate to her love and devotion. This is why I love anti-heroes and the like, because they add the gray area in characters that the traditional black and white hero vs. villain stories lack.

    Anti-Heroes and the Appeal They Have in Comics