Sunday, November 23, 2008
Went to a friend's house to watch the 2-hour television event "24". I thought it was the season premiere. It's not. it's like a mini movie, a mini movie available for purchase this Tuesday. What I loved most about the "24" was the synergistic relationship between the show and the evening news. If watching the fictitious children soldiers on"24" made you interested in the plight of real-life children soldiers, then you could watch the news to learn more. I don't really watch TV news, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess Fox never made a huge effort to cover this atrocity much. If it turned out that missing blond girls had been recruited to fight for Tutsi warlords, I'm sure it would have generated non-stop coverage. I discovered that I actually don't enjoy it when certain TV shows try to tackle important issues. I might sit this season out. If, however, in season 8 Jack Baur has to race around the world to find a cure for breast cancer, I'll totally start watching again.