I just read this article.
In it, one of my favorite columnist Jace lacob discusses the Newsroom’s “women problem” with Huff Post’s Maureen Ryan. I’m so frustrated with this piece….
We’ll be getting this series shortly, and I am so glad. Can’t WAIT.
You know, I’m still thoroughly dubious about the writing of the women of this show, but that isn’t even my core problem with it— it’s more a case of Sirius Cybernetics-style “superficial design flaws hiding the fundamental design flaws”, in my personal highly subjective view.
Said fundamental design flaw (for me ever enjoying the show) is, do you watch a lot of Disney high-school comedies? I mean the truly lousy cliche ones, too, not any that are kind of cool.
I don’t, because they’re not to my taste, and never were— god, especially when I was actually in school. They pissed the hell out of me, after I got over being scared that some freakish hormonal switch would flip in me when I turned 13 and then, for years, I would be doomed to actually be like that. Stuff of nightmares, I’m telling you.
I bring this up because, so far, it’s a Disney high-school comedy set in a SRS BSNSS newsroom.
No, really. Whenever they aren’t talking about political issues, and sometimes even then, they are cliche teenagers in a cliche high school, engaging in the most cliche of stupid-teenage-romantic-comedy antics. They also do this while explaining that the internet is terrible and that the most recent, that my, generation is in fact the worst known to history.
I wish that were hyperbolic. It genuinely isn’t.
I love the first 2-4 seasons of The West Wing. I regularly quote/adapt Sorkin lines. So far, I am not positively impressed.
But I wish you better luck.