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The Trouble with ‘Glee’

I was frantically running around my bedroom, angling my computer just right to capture the action on the TV screen and making sure my computer wouldn’t go to sleep in the middle of recording. (This is what I call poor woman’s DVR.) I chewed all my fingernails off with anxiety before I even left the house in fear my sad attempt at recording a live television show wouldn’t capture what I needed it to. I barely made it out the door on time. What was wrong with me?

On that night, Glee was airing its season three Valentine’s Day episode. At the time, I was still trying to convince myself I wanted to be a professional saxophone player (along with denying other parts of my identity). So, I was out the door to rehearse a big saxophone solo I was performing with a local orchestra. Unfortunately, the rehearsal time was scheduled so that I might miss all or part of the Valentine’s Day episode of Glee. Sure, I could watch it later, but there was no way that was going to cut it.  Not at all.  Rumor had it, and oh, I don’t know, maybe twenty episodes overdue, that a beautiful moment like this was happening:

Brittana Heart Kiss

Glee characters, Brittany (on the left) and Santana, Glee’s resident lesbian (on the right)

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What’s the Big Deal with TV?

Television has become a staple past time in America and around the world.  More people vote for TV reality shows like “Dancing with the Stars”, “The Voice” and “American Idol” than they do in the presidential election.  TV is a more powerful agent for social change than any representative in congress will ever hope to be.

This fascination with TV isn’t new.   In the late 1950’s, at the height of the “I Love Lucy” phenomenon, Desi Arnaz observed the following about the difference between his pre and post TV life: “There’s something to say for TV.  When you tour as a picture star, people look at you as some sort of a curiosity.  This time there was a wholly different feeling.  The people act as if they were your personal friends.”

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