Actor Giancarlo Esposito, best known for playing the role of Gustavo Fringe in the television show Breaking Bad, spoke to students Thursday night in the Commons ballroom.
It seems preposterous to call the era that gave us “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and a dozen different “Real Housewives” a golden age. While in many ways, the term “idiot box” seems more suitable than ever, there is no denying there has been a notable shift in tone and content in television. Multicam sitcoms and police procedurals, long-time cable channel staples, are decreasing in number in favor of increasingly inventive serial dramas, the most successful of which, like Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones, become genuine pop culture phenomenons.
We are in the midst of a culturally critical era of television in both refreshingly positive and severely negative lights, and both are important to note. Always formerly known and ridiculed for being the lesser creative outlet to cinema, TV shows have been elevated to a much higher status due to a revelation of beautiful art direction and skilled writing and acting.
Reality television defines and defiles us