Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Agony & Ecstasy of Cable Television

My roommates and I have recently purchased a Time Warner cable/internet package. I finally feel like a member of modern society.

As I type this, at home at my newly hooked-up computer, James Spader is talking to Tony Aiello in a car overlooking Los Angeles. Top Gun has just finished. Has there ever been a sillier movie than Top Gun? I love the way the characters refer to each other by their nicknames even in casual conversation.

Now the guy who played the crippled veteran in Deerhunter is trying to have sex with Teri Hatcher.

My introduction to the concept of sex came via Top Gun. "Take My Breath Away" and Kelly McGillis and deeply silhouetted kissing all mixed into one unholy melange. I wonder if this has warped me somehow? How many of us have been introduced to sex by some form of mass media, be it movies or porno mags or what have you?

I can't help but think that this method of introduction has seriously impeded the sexual health of America. The other night, flipping thru channels I came across a classic Skinemax soft-core porn - some slightly overweight dude, looking completely, utterly bored as he screwed a writhing, moaning blonde against a bathroom sink. It was the least erotic thing imaginable. I pity the poor adolescent who's sneaking a glimpse of this and thinking its a reasonable approximation of sex. Except, now that I think about it, the Cinemax model probably is a reasonable approximation of sex, because whole generations have grown up thinking so. So just where is the line between reality and cable? It's enough to make your head spin.

I'm out of here, this movie is interesting...


Sara said...

I think my first introduction to the concept of sex via the media had to be Dirty Dancing. I know exactly what your talking about.

RosemaryRuth said...

When I was like 8, my parents sat me down with my 3 year old brother to watch Revenge of the Nerds while they were boozing it up and playing cards with their friends in the next room. There were so many boobies. What were they thinking? I was like, I know I shouldn't be seeing these boobies, but it's like I can't look away!