A Long Distance Relationship (For Now)

Description: An article I wrote for my mass media and society class. The assignment intended for us to write about readings or expieriences we encountered outside of class during the week.

Date: May 2018


Last semester I discovered a very beautiful and wonderful thing- a TV show called This Is  US. I binge watched both seasons and all 36 45 minute long episodes in under a month.

The closeness I developed witht the characters and the themes of the show shocked me. I had finally found a show with good clean humor, strong characters, and interesting plot, and happy endings.

Now, three weeks into this semester I’m fasting from all movies and TV. It’s been a stressful two weeks and I’ve nbeen day dreaming far too frequently about my show.

I can’t wait to finish my fast and rewatch an epidode, but the relaization of how eager I am to watch it shocked me. I thought I watch a considerable, but decent amount of TV and movies and I did!

But what I found to be discomforting was the attachments I created with the movies and TV I do watch.

How many people lose themselves in this particular form of media? How many people let themselves become so obssessed with the characters and stories? And why do we do this?

Are we not happy with our own lives and wishing to live, even if for a moement, in the life of someone else?

Just a thought.