"Whatchu talkin' 'bout Wednesday" - TABOO
Just a couple things I've caught online or where ever that sparked my interest and maybe yours too, each and every Wednesday.
I started what was a brilliant idea of "Whatchu talkin' 'bout Wednesdays" back in 2011 and somehow only managed the single post. Really disappointing if I'm honest. I will endeavour to have something to post on Wednesdays no matter how trivial or throwaway. I think going forward it will encompass some of a "What really grinds my gears" format also. Let's see how it goes.
Today's topic is the FX drama series TABOO. This could easily have passed under my radar but there was just enough noise to get me interested and now I'm fully immersed and up to date. I like the majority of characters and though the story is taking some time to unfold there is plenty of action and suspense as they set things up.
This isn't a review of the series it's more a contemplation. On the one hand the show is a reminder of just how shitty England was back in the early 19th century, yet at the same time it also highlights how effective straight talking and dressing with intent were. The men in 2017 could do with a bit of grime, a trench coat and top hat ensemble and not mincing words. If like me you found yourself caught up in the great social media battle of 2016 you'd concur that the World is full of passive agressive keyboard warriors exercising their right to free speech, or trying to suppress someone elses.
Where the civilized World has changed over the last two hundred years, and the advancements in technology has taken us to great new heights, I feel like the creature comforts and false security it has afforded us should be considered detrimental. At some point we decided to abandon our hard earned comptetence and abilities in favour of the the easy life. At best it made us lazy good for nothings. At worse it helped with the rise of division through social justice and political correctness that doesn't seem to be dissipating. I'm not condoning violence or lawlessness but Birdman had a point when he said "Put some respect on my name" and we need to find a way back to that approach in society.
It's not too late to make a change. Stop looking to impotent celebrities and the media for answers, some of the best writers are feeding us what we hunger for. Whilst I agree with the lyrics "Television, the drug of the Nation / Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation" by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, I must concede that there is some salvation offered to us through stories of bygone times told best by the likes of Taboo. Perhaps best to draw a line at the conspiracy, murder, betrayal and insestuous parts though.