night after a viewing of Sex in the City, I said out loud "so, what
have I learned?"
My friend reminded me that TV is not where you look for life lessons or
relationship advice or I guess an honest look at government agencies.
I think any endeavor in the entertainment industry can be thought of as
an honest moneymaking endeavor. But the honesty stops there. They are
not in the business of selling truth. They are just selling the sellable.
The audience wants to see things in a believable manner, but never should
expect the authentic from an industry only concerned with the market value.
Usually this means sensationalized versions of the real, dramatized representations
of the real. But the look of real has changed. Its no longer Cops on the
streets of LA busting crime with a camera crew. NYPD mimicked the live-action
feel and showed the audience that straight-up fiction can look less contrived.
Now, with a decade of real TV, has the audience gone back to conspiracy
theory and learned to look closer at the fictionalized versions for hints
of truth? We are all hungry to know what really happens, but the reality
is we will never know. The CIA script advisors only ensure a more romanticized
version of themselves and the entertainment industry is ready to oblige.
Accuracy is not available in this medium. The illusion of accuracy offered
by the script advisors is a selling point. Im sure the entertainment
industry didnt have to twist anyones arm to have real-life
CIA script advisors to monitor over how they would be represented. It
promotes their image and profile. If these agents would be doing anything
worth while, they would not be sitting policing scripts. Its just
another slimy back scratching scenario in Hollywood and D.C.