Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Throughout the year, I have heard about the middle class feeling ignored and left out. For awhile, I've been reading a lot about this issue and realized it involved several different matters to this claim. One small issue, in particular, is the lack of acknowledgement on TV.
Does this matter? Yes, I think it does. Thinking back in my hey day, there were a plethora of middle class/family/blue collar television. We had Maude, Good Times, Family Ties, Valerie and Valerie's Family, Mama's Family, Family Matters, Cosby Show, Alice, Roseanne, Thea and more. Although those families were different, most people or families could identify with one or more of these shows. Somewhat regular families were visible and diverse on the tube. But all of that seemed to vanish several years down the road. Now the TV world is full of rich, white, myopic, sassy, ghetto, pimp-ish, superheroes with bad acting chops. But nothing about the family, barely anything at all.
CNN.com asked about lack of family comedies. But it's deeper than that, there is a lack of family funnies, but there's nothing on the "average" family. I'm talking the single parents, the big mama famlies, the families with an extra cousin and others who have bills to pay and real problems. Because they are not seen, it sends a message that this type of family is not interesting or valid. And this could make middle class/blue collar families feel left out. Now, this may be a long shot, but I think it plays a part in the ills of our middle class. It's very small compared to the major issues that beset their family's lives, but it can have an impact.