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its funny when rewatching old TV SHOWS from your youth how prescient things become in retrospect. such is the case with the animated MTV show DARIA (1997-2002) and its depiction of disaffected high school geeks and outcasts and the general jaded malaise that sets in when you come to realize that world is full of it.
what makes it interesting now for me is the fact that it depicts a time pre-SOCIAL MEDIA and at the very beginnings of modern internet culture and 24/7 cable news coverage. in my mind, turning on TV nowadays is all REALITY TV, news coverage or not. everything has come to, in essence, be a SICK SAD WORLD segment, meant to jolt and shock you from the fog of information inundation but essentially just contributes to the sensation overload.
i'm sure at the time this was meant as a knowing commentary on late night tabloid TV newsmagazines like A CURRENT AFFAIR or HARD COPY or INSIDE EDITION, but as we now know, this yellow journalistic model has spread and metastasized in mainstream new coverage of every political stripe. its all about the hits, clicks and likes in this era and such is perfect for coverage without moral and ethical restraints that trades on our most debased and uninformed tendencies.
and i don't think its gonna change. ever.
so thank you DARIA for welcoming us all to this new world order. ironically this show is brought to you by the same channel that brought us all REALITY TV (a la MARK BURNETT PRODUCTIONS) and later our very own REALITY TV president (a la THE APPRENTICE - a BURNETT production).
sick sad world, indeed!