When people wonder why I put so much thought into the hows and whys of TV shows and movies I want to point them to this quote.
I told a friend once that maybe that’s what spells the difference between shows made in the US/UK and the shows produced locally. There are viewers in the US and the UK (however small or few) who dissect and analyze and critique and are passionate about it. Passionate enough to write letters and make themselves heard and demand for better shows, better scripts, better acting.
Maybe that’s what we need here. People to prod and poke and push until it hurts and Lino Brocka’s Great Filipino Audience is finally realized.
Not to say that the shows I watch from the US don’t suck because sometimes I really would like to throw something at my laptop (because unless you’re watching local shows who watches on a TV anymore?) but at the least they’re able to meet a certain hurdle rate of quality. They’re able to contribute to changes in society and say something more than just “boy meets girl, girl gets her memory wiped/abused/kidnapped/insert cliche here”.
As hypocritical as it sounds, I declare “Not it!” since this isn’t the sandbox I play in.
It’s ironic but as much as I love my country and will proudly declare my heritage, I’ve accepted that my pop culture/food/language preferences lie elsewhere.
So, I pass the buck on to you, dear friend. Tell me how it goes and maybe I’ll use my TV set for something other than an end table to place my books on.