My friends tell me I have a horrible knowledge of popular culture. If you reference the Kardashians, I’ll assume you’re talking about one of OJ’s attorneys. My ignorance runs the gamet—from Hawkeye Pierce to Marsha Brady all the way to Simon Cowell. The annual Academy Awards are usually a compilation of stars I don’t know from movies I haven’t seen. I blame these holes in my social development on decades of working the night shift in a T.V. newsroom. Think of all the date night movies I’ve missed. Think of all the family couch time watching American Idol that went on without me.
All that changed in January. Suddenly, I can quote characters as diverse as a meth peddling chemistry teacher on Breaking Bad to a downtrodden housemaid on Downton Abbey. And trust me, I know all of Stewie’s best lines from Family Guy. Since cancer sidelined me from the news, I’ve had plenty of time to keep my TiVO humming with past episodes of shows I never knew existed.
One show in particular has me longing to be back at my job and wishing I could be half the journalist that Will McAvoy is. If I’m a little ahead of you on the popular culture calendar, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is the lead character on the HBO drama The Newsroom. Creator Aaron Sorkin is a freakin’ genius. The Newsroom follows the daily workings of a…wait for it…newsroom. I find myself missing my coworkers and the routine of choosing tonight’s top stories and how they will be presented. To all those producers, directors, writers and editors that have been so much a part of my life: I sure do miss you guys.
Now get out there and speak truth to power. Our words and pictures are still the most powerful tool we have to make a difference.
Has a T.V. show actually made me teary eyed?! I gotta get back to work.