Professor Media Matters

I am a media professional with 6 years as a TV producer and reporter, and college professor in the field of Communications. I am also a Conservative with a passion for pop culture. This will be my attempt to put the "me" in media. It will be my take on movies, TV, books, magazines, newspapers, the Internet and all that is the worldwide media.

Monday, October 01, 2012

TV or not TV

I wrote this drama skit in college. It was a little dated so I tried to make it more current. But I think
the message is still valid. The page formatting is a little off and I haven't figured out how to fix it.
 

TO TV OR NOT TV

SYNOPSIS:          Two teenagers, on a date watching TV. The skit represents how TV programming can desensitize us to the point of abandoning our values.
SETTING:             The average American living room. The two teens sit together on a couch in front   of the TV.
TWO TEENAGERS, A BOY AND A GIRL, ENTER THE ROOM.
GIRL:                     What do you want to do tonight?
BOY:                      (WITH A LESS THAN INNOCENT SMIRK ON HIS FACE.)  I don’t know. What do you wanna do?
GIRL:                     I don’t know. What do you wanna do?
GIRL SITS ON COUCH.
BOY:                      (SMIRKING.) I know what I wanna do.
BOY SITS ON COUCH AND IMMEDIATELY MAKES AGGRESSIVE MOVE TO KISS THE GIRL.
GIRL:                     (PULLING AWAY.) Stop it! I told you I’m not that kind of girl.
BOY:                      (IN DISGUST.) Well, what else are we supposed to do?
GIRL:                     I don’t know. We could watch TV.
GIRL GETS UP AND GRABS THE REMOTE CONTROL.
BOY:                      (SARCASTICALLY).  Oh great!
GIRL:                (HANDING HIM THE REMOTE.) Here, I’ll even try to make it up to you by letting you pick what we watch.
AS THE GIRL SITS BACK DOWN, THE BOY RELUCTANTLY TURNS ON THE TV. ALTHOUGH HE
 REMAINS GENERALLY DISINTERESTED, SHE RECOGNIZES THE SHOW AND GETS INVOLVED IN IT.
GIRL:                     Ooh, I love this movie! This is the scariest part. (REACTING TO THE SCREEN AS SHE DESCRIBES THE ACTION.) Ugh! Up with the knife right through the heart. There’s blood everywhere.
BOY CHANGES THE CHANNEL BY REMOTE.
GIRL:                     Hey, what did you do that for? That is an awesome horror flick! (SHE LOOKS AGAIN TO THE TV.) Well, at least you switched it to MTV. This concert footage is the coolest. Have you seen Hellion in concert? This song is my favorite.  (SHE SINGS ALONG.) “Lust in the dust ‘til you bust or you rust.”
SHE PRETENDS TO BE PLAYING A GUITAR AS SHE IS OBVIOUSLY GETTING INTO THE SONG.
AGAIN THE BOY CHANGES THE CHANNEL BY REMOTE.
GIRL:                     Would you make up your mind! Now what are we watching? (SHE STUDIES THE SCREEN.) Wait, I’ve seen the previews for this show. Oh, what is it called? “Gossip Girl.” Yah, that’s it. (EXPLAINING IT TO HIM.) You see, that’s Sheila. She’s in love with her mother’s boyfriend’s sister’s chauffeur. But she doesn’t want anyone to know. (GETTING MORE EXCITED BY WHAT SHE IS WATCHING.) They’re kissing. Way to go Sheila! Ooh, he’s unbuttoning her blouse.
THE BOY BEGINS TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE SCREEN.
GIRL:                     Yep, they’re gonna do the Big Nasty!
BOY SWITCHES OFF THE TV. AS THE GIRL TURNS TOWARD HIM TO PROTEST, HE AGAIN MAKES
HIS MOVE TO KISS HER. THIS TIME, SHE DOES NOT RESIST.

FADE TO BLACK.


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