Thank you to everyone who read my post last week on how TV taught me to cope with loss. It’s really important to me that we recognize that television (and other aspects of pop culture) has a profound impact on society and how people perceive society. There’s nothing that displays this more than fan events like San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).
This past weekend I attended SDCC for the third time. And I have to admit that every time I’ve gone, I’ve had an equally wonderful but completely unique experience. It’s a safe place for fans of…well, almost everything, to geek out and “squeee.” It’s kind of a real-life tumblr of sorts. But I’m jumping ahead. First, let me explain what TV taught me about loving TV.
I remember adjusting the antenna to get a slightly less fuzzy picture while watching “Bobby’s World”. But the really amazing thing that this little TV brought me was a show called “Sports Night.” I’m not sure how I stumbled upon “Sports Night” and I’m not really sure why a 10 year old thought that was an entertaining show, but I did. “Sports Night” is a TV show about people running a TV show. Thus, my love of TV began. And when I was ten, I gave up my quest to be in the WNBA and decided that TV (and entertainment in general) was where my path was destined to head. Shows like “30 Rock”, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Newsroom” have only contributed to my love of TV because they depict these amazing, idealistic people who want to make the world better through the medium of television.
So really, I owe my current life path to TV. And getting back to SDCC, I can totally understand why people get so crazy over their “thing.” I couldn’t go anywhere without hearing some fans discussing “Supernatural” plot points or the upcoming season of “Breaking Bad” with people they had just met. This love of TV that people have is something that connects people. Despite the fact that TV audiences are more segmented than ever, events like SDCC draw more and more people together to bond over the shows, movies, comics, games, etc. that they love. And that’s the best thing about TV isn’t it? People who have nothing else in common share a love for TV and in this crazy world, that could be the one thing that holds us all together.
Heather Mason is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The TV Sisters. When not freelancing in the Entertainment Industry or standing in front of newsprint-covered walls, she spends her time biking around Los Angeles, pondering the meaning of life and searching for a TMNT shell backpack. You can email her at Heather@theTVsisters.com or stalk her @NerdHeather.