Well, it seems we are all sitting in the same room watching TV now. Last night while I was tuned into the live version of the Sound of Music on NBC, I glanced at Facebook and saw that one of my friends was caught up in the twitter commentary. Naturally (or unnaturally), I had my phone in my hand so I headed over to twitter and did a search. Wow! EVERYBODY had something to say. Some people sang the show’s praises and some people participated in snarky verbal sparring. One thing for sure, people trying to deliver funny one liners ruled the stream of chatters. I found myself so caught up in it (admittedly laughing out loud) that I missed part of the show. Tom said something funny (he does that better than I do) so I tweeted it. I “favorited” the comments that managed to be funny without being mean but then I thought even if they are funny, is this really what we should be doing as a collective?
Here NBC was doing something different than other television outlets. They were hoping to bring back live musicals, something you can watch with your family. A form of television that doesn’t involve gratuitous violence ( please, don’t EVEN get me started…) and yet we act too cool and witty to appreciate the efforts of the cast and crew. This from a nation of viewers who watches Duck Dynasty and Real Housewives.
Then I put myself in Carrie Underwoods shoes. I started feeling a little bit grimy for having stared at twitter so long. I found myself hoping she wouldn’t read the commentary on twitter. I hope none of the cast does, people even commented on the young Gretel.
Artists put themselves out there when they preform. It takes guts to show your work and talents as an artist. It makes you vulnerable and it makes you brave.
The way we respond is a reflection of ourselves, I suppose. Are we that uncomfortable with the arts? How important is it to us to be heard and seen through social media platforms? When did it become so important to be cool and witty?
What if our response as a nation is squelching our attempts at any form of originality or creativity?
We were celebrating Rogers and Hammerstein’s fabulous score, performed by talented singers. Why all the comments about Carries hair? If we would have seen this in a theater on Broadway would we have appreciated it more? I think so. Not all of us can get to a theatre, so I for one, give NBC an A for boldly bringing it to our living rooms. I give social media a D for dumbing us down a bit in the process.