I have seen some pretty awful and very blatant antintellectualism in my life. This is a nice call out, we need to pay more attention.
Chandler: “You didn’t read Lord of the Rings in high school?”
Joey: “No, I had sex in high school.”
…and the audience laughed.
I get why it’s a good comeback. But I also get why that, in itself, is a problem.
Don’t take me wrong, Friends was one of my favorite shows in the mid to late nineties. Back then I was a teenager with a lot to learn about life, yet even then I knew (at least intuitively) that there was something fundamentally wrong with the world as Friends portrayed it (starting with its lack of ethnic diversity). I just couldn’t quite put my finger on it until I came across this thought provoking post by David Hopkins where he makes a compelling case against Friends and what the show’s success says about us as viewers. While the initial premise that a single American sitcom triggered the downfall of…
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