Selling soap. That’s what it was all about. The modern-day soap opera, that is. Millions of American women tune in daily ( and still do) to see what their favorite characters on their favorite tv programs are going to do next. This has been the staple of American television since the early days of the industry. And, the ratings along with the sales of commercial products prove their popularity; not to mention, the longevity of some of these programs which go back now, thirty or forty years or more.
For some reason, in their twisted story lines and tangled love affairs, people (especially women) find escape. But, why? Why are people drawn to live vicariously through other peoples misery, mistakes and moral failures? What makes their drama become our drama? Why do we care, if Steve wants to divorce Sue or Molly finds out, who her real mother is? It’s only television. These people are not even real. But, for some reason, they become as real to us as our own neighbors and friends, maybe even more so.
This question came to mind today after I read the verdict in the Jodi Arias trial. The sordid, murder love affair that has been making headlines with it’s xxx-rated details for the past month or so. I was stunned, when I read (though, should not have been)that people were vying daily (standing in line) to get one of the few public seats available at the trial. Many of whom, had traveled to Arizona for that express purpose.
Are you kidding me? Have people really been that wrapped up in this? And, the answer to that is, yes. And, for those, who did not travel to Arizona, the rest got their daily fix through the news media, who made it their job to feed the public every x- rated detail that they could. The drama, the emotion and the salacious details of the case drawing people like flies to a rotten piece of meat.
And, like every junkie, it takes more and more to get a fix, a high. Real life drama, now exceeds anything television can come up with. We want the real deal, up close and personal. Thus, the popularity of reality shows. Like sharks in a feeding frenzy, when, we smell blood, we want it. And, its the job of media to keep the taste of blood in our mouths. A fact, that if, it weren’t so tragic would be almost comical. But, its not.
Friends, it can be hard to get past the media blitz. But, we can. The Bible tells us to put on the mind of Christ, to think on things that are pure and true. We have a choice to turn that channel, to put down that tabloid; to not get caught up in the drama. Keeping always these words in mind:
“Finally, brethern, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things“. Philippians 4:8
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper, who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy