Fred asked if anyone in the commune had seen Cisco Kid? It was his fave show when he was about 7. Then I started chiming in with others like Josie and the Pussy Cats, Speed Racer, Scooby-Doo, and the Jetsons. Hanna-Barbera were genius.
How women were depicted in those shows that I glued my eyeballs to in my young years is jaw-dropping today. The outfits, the subordinate behavior, the roles they had to play, the dynamic of the children vs the adults, the words of the songs. The reality is these shows were just not that long ago.
Shows depict the times like fashion, food, art, architecture, and books. On TV we are seeing an onslaught of films and series from across the globe. Many have a myriad of faces, religions, and sexual orientation; Black, Brown, Asian, Jewish, Arab, Gay, and Transgender. Sometimes they get along and everything is happy and other times the shows amplify issues and then attempt to discuss and resolve them.
Today I can’t help but ask the question “Are these shows attempting to shape society or is society shaping the shows?”