The medium is the message and the medium is crap
: I’m in the middle of watching the Jessica Lynch movie and let me state the obvious:
TV movies are crap. They weren’t always, but they are now. They are an utterly discredited form of media. As a form, they are scripted in neon and shot through the wrong end of a periscope. They are insultingly obvious and shallow. They are artistically inept. They are unwatchable and unwatched. My biggest regret as a former TV critic is that I reviewed so many TV movies — because, frankly, they were the tapes we could get — when so few people really cared about them. And the truth is, all TV viewers know how essentially worthless the TV movie and miniseries has become.
So it’s all the more amazing that such stinks can still be raised over a Lynch movie or a Reagan miniseries.
TV movies are crap. To act as if they matter is like acting as if we should care about the political pronouncements of, say, Robin Leach. If he came out tomorrow and said anything about Iraq, would we care or notice? No, because it’s just Robin Leach. If a TV movie claims to depict the story of Jessica Lynch or Ronald Reagan, should we care or notice? No, because it’s just a TV movie.
And that makes the stinks all the more fake news.