14 May, 2021

You Can’t Box This Idiot

Judgements on soap operas are often misplaced, pop culture is a layered signifier

You Can’t Box This Idiot

There are facts that must give us pause before we rush to judgement on the phenomenon of television serials using convenient shorthands like ‘fantasy’—or its apparent opposite, ­‘reality’. Both fantasy and reality have been integral parts of film and television forever, and all over the world—beginning with the films of the Lumiere brothers, The Arrival of a Train, for example, and Georges Melies’s A Trip to the Moon. There is nothing to suggest that one is better than the other. It is therefore hoped that both the fantasmatic and the realist will continue to flourish.

Remember, also, that ‘realism’ is a narrative strategy that merely creates the illusion of a real world. A realist narrative strategy is not necessarily closer to the real.

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