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    Default Dark TV shows

    I was listening to a radio program where the host was commenting on the popular tv shows of the last several years and noting that most/all of the "hits" are very dark/cynical and/or have anti-heroes as their protagonists.

    Examples: Dexter, The Sopranos, The Wire, True Blood, etc

    Because I could not find the original discussion, here is a related article:

    However, it is not just the violence, but the sense of foreboding perhaps? Or dark gloomy bleakness? That no one in the world is an upright person in a idyllic star trek type world where there are clear cut good guys and bad guys. What do you think causes it?

    I feel like with the internet and the massive proliferation of data we have lost a sense of the sacred. A sense that there are idealistic heroes out there who just work for the common good. That doing so means you're a fool. To be honest, I have feelings of nostalgia for the innocence of star trek the next generation or hell even for the Simpsons compared to South Park haha
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    I say bring it on, there is plenty of the clear cut good/bad style already. A change of pace is certainly welcome. Game of Thrones in particular is a great example and it really keeps things interesting; you can't just call out the entire story from the beginning. I have all five books as well. It makes the characters feel far more real and not like some paragon of virtue that you can't really relate to. Even the apparently 'good' characters still get their hands in some pretty dirty stuff, and are far from invincible.

    There is room enough for both styles of story telling, and I'm glad that the balance between the two is finally beginning to even out.

    (I'm sooo looking forward to getting the Game of Thrones season 2 blu-ray set in the mail this Friday!!!)

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