How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization — Medium

The year 2004 was when we completely gave up and embraced stupidity as a value.

Source: How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization — Medium

Sure, it’s funny in a sardonic sort of way. But we just re-watched Friends and aside from the agonizingly horrible rampant homophobia that the show espoused, the worst part of the show was the constant belittling of intellectualism and geekery. I identify with Ross more than the other characters because he’s smart, romantic, quirky, and people don’t get him. For the writers it was a cheap source of humor. It wasn’t the high-quality, good-natured type of character-driven humor that made up so many of the show’s other punchlines; it was the cheap, make-fun-of-the-nerd humor that debases everyone in the process.

That was the last time that I will watch Friends. There were a lot of good jokes, but the show ended on a sour note with lazy writing and many mean spirited jabs at a character who was frequently — in name only — a friend.

Nate Torrence: A Pandemic of Awesome

It’s called Weird Loners and I haven’t seen it yet, but I hope it does great because Nate is awesome. I only worked with him very briefly on one of my student films at USC, but he was such a joy to work with that I knew he would go far. He’s been in supporting roles in movies and TV shows, but this is the first mainstream show I’ve seen him in where he has a lead role. He’s one of those guys you just want to be around because he just has such a positive energy, it’s infectious contagious… is there a word that doesn’t make it sound like a pandemic? That’s it! Nate is a pandemic of awesome.

You go, Nate! I hope your show gets picked up for another season.