Just how much TV do you watch in a given week? No need to out yourselves here. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
, "After work and sleep, TV viewing is the most commonly reported activity in the U.S., taking up just over half of all leisure time
." Does it affect how you see others? Most people would say that watching TV doesn't
have a profound effect on themselves, though the very same people believe it has a great effect on others
If you're like most Americans, you watch a lot
of TV, and if you own a mobile phone, about half of you are using it while watching the "boob tube"
, sometimes texting and tweeting during commercials and content. Advertisers and researchers
have coined the term, "Connected Viewers
", as a more sophisticated term for these screen zombies.
And speaking of zombies, the mid-season finale of AMC's smash hit drama, The Walking Dead
week, so I guess I now have time to write this post tonight
:) I thought of this series specifically because I saw a particular tweet from a celebrity fan:
Of course, if you haven't seen the show, a lot of this Twitter-speak may seem confusing. But I was struck by the final hashtag, "please develop Michonne's character
". Played by Danai Gurira
, who also is a film actor and a writer, she is one of the few prominent African-American characters on the show since it began three years ago. But what's Kelly Choi
complaining about? The Walking Dead
has featured an African-American character since the very first season. Isn't that a mark of progress?
My guess is that characters like "Michonne" simply serve as "tokens
": racial minority actors who are featured as 2-dimensional characters just so the show's creators (or perhaps the network) can claim they are being inclusive and "diverse". Consider the quote below
and ask yourself if you think Gurira's characterization of the USA as "open" is actually true.
"I find it distressing that stories about African people who are in this country and people of African descent can sometimes be marginalized. It doesn't make any sense to me. I think we're in a place as a world, as a country, where we are open to a lot of other stories.... If the story's good, the themes are universal."