Pop Culture Normalization of KTMB
I once had a Sociology professor who said it is impossible to be an American and not watch TV. Watching TV is the only way to ensure you are up to date with what America thinks is right and normal. I watched TV with great curiousity this weekend as two very popular TV shows, THE SOPRANOS and HOUSE, gave more than a glancing reference to KTMB. I did not see HOUSE, only the promo, but it dealt with a black woman who was somehow paranormally influenced by the floodwaters of KTMB. Since this show was on FOX I can only assume that the subject matter was dumbed down to appeal to the lowest common denominator and was incredibly inaccurate and inflamatoy at best. However, it did feature a Katrina, err, USACE failure to build a levee, Victim. Still in the mainstream pop media.
I did watch THE SOPRANOS and I have several problems with this fucking show. For five seasons now I have been a fucking sycophant lapping up each and every second of this dribble HBO has been pouring into the bowl of mindless media. For five seasons I've been drinking the cool aid thinking along with so many other premium cable service subscribing Americans that this show was edgy and hip, cerebral and real. I thought their references to realtime pop culture was nothing short of genius. Fuck them. Fuck HBO. I have suffered through 5 or 6 episodes of this CCCCRRRRRRAAAAPPPPPPPPPPPPP they have put forth this season and the lack of creativity was none more present than this past Sunday than when they referenced KTMB. First off they drag up these two horrible actors who are playing legitimate New Orleanians. One of the characters was no doubt Dennis Quaid's voice coach in "The Big Easy" and the entire scene where they refered gleefully to the gouging of New Orleanians was a total disrepect to us, but that's not my point.
My point, or rather my question, is does the mentioning of Katrina in prime time entertainment mean that America is still acutley aware of KTMB, does it mean that KTMB is and will become part of American culture or does it mean no one really gives a damn anymore and its just sort of become primetime entertainment for America??? Comments please.
TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, The Sopranos, Levee