Posts tagged ‘Television’

Why We Continue to Love Flight of the Conchords

flighthair1Olivia posted about the first season in its fledgling days.  The show is now beginning its  second season, which is somehow managing to be even more awesome than the first.  The second episode of the season featured the amazing “Sugalumps”: (more…)

February 9, 2009 at 8:31 pm 5 comments

The Persistance of Celebrity

I recently stumbled upon this old video of Salvador Dalí as a guest on the game show “What’s My Line?” The premise is that the panel asks questions in a “20 Questions” kind of format in order to figure out the guest’s profession.

What I really love about this clip, though, is that Dalí is one of the greatest geniuses of the past century, with loads of achievements in film and the fine arts. Because of that, he’s an incredibly recognizable celebrity. The entire studio audience, being at least marginally familiar with his work, grasps the scope of his accomplishments, and therefore his affirmative answers are increasingly funny, as it’s almost impossible to pigeonhole him.

I love the differences in television, just in the last fifty years.  The editing and pacing are so much slower, and even the way people talk was different.  No wonder it’s so often romanticized.

I’m not sure whether it’s a commentary on the uniqueness of Dalí, or on the uselessness of our current celebrities, but I can’t imagine an equivalent character on television today. Racking my brain further, I can’t even come up with a public figure who is instantly recognizable simply for being genuinely talented. Television shows take joy in destroying the people they portray, through humiliation or ridicule. I guess it’s simply that pop figures aren’t meant to be respected anymore. Entertainment is meant to elevate the viewer in relation to the subject, and producers repeatedly show the utmost contempt for their viewers by airing increasingly offensive drivel.

In conclusion, Dalí is great, and tv is rotten.  By the way, if someone can name a modern celebrity equivalent- someone who is internationally recognized and loved, I will totally bake you a cake.

July 26, 2008 at 4:46 pm 15 comments

The Office: Japan

We all know NBC’s The Office was inspired by the BBC version. What you didn’t know is that Ricky Gervais was inspired by an even earlier Japanese version.

May 18, 2008 at 7:28 pm 1 comment


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