Watching today’s TV shows and movies including, “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter,” and “Mean Girls,” it would be hard not to see a pattern in the central themes. Each display fallible heroes. Each display utilizing illicit tactics in order to win. And we love them, not in spite of these flaws, but because of these flaws.
Think about it. Many of us enjoy watching what is most unbelievable to us in real life: the killing, the stealing, the ruining of others’ lives. Most of us probably would not be as extreme in our own lives, but we cannot deny the amount of inspiration we take from observing others – even if it’s fiction.
Similarly, many complain about co-workers on the job stealing their ideas and taking credit, or peers getting harassed when no one is around and other strategic ways to get over on another – without any remorse. Where are we getting these ideas? Why do many of us think that this is acceptable behavior?
While most of us know to separate media from reality, we still can’t help to secretly glorify many of the ill advised behaviors of our T.V. heroes.
Instead, we need to carefully think about why their behaviors are something we constantly celebrate and wish to emulate – either in full effect…or even just in our heads. Problems can only end if we really face them.
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