The Medium is the Message

Posted to a Facebook thread discussing the acceptance of same-sex relationships:

I suppose most people by nature admire and sort of commitment or fidelity to another person, a career, a cause. Conversely, most people are disappointed to see capriciousness, insincerity, fickleness. We admire commitment to some endeavor, enterprise, ideology or vocation even if we do not ourselves embrace or pursue such beliefs or values. When media regularly displays various circumstances as normative then a generation grows up viewing such media presentations and taking for granted that various things are normative and to be expected or encountered.

Jackie Gleason only PRETENDED to kiss his wife at the end of a Honeymooners episode, turning his back to the audience.
One Star Trek episode made history as the first interracial kiss on television, albeit the aliens where using force beams to press Captain Kirk’s lips to Lieutenant Uhura

In Boston Legal, Shatner as reinvented himself as a lawyer who enters an unusual same-sex union.

When Alan and Denny agree to get married, Denny exclaims, “It’ll be great – like jumping a shark!” A television series is said to have “jumped the shark” when its storyline veers into absurd or out-of-the-ordinary characterizations, and usually indicates that the series is past its prime. The phrase refers to a scene in a three-part episode of the American TV series Happy Days in which Fonzie, wearing swim trunks and his trademark leather jacket, jumps over a confined shark while water skiing.


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