Sorkin’s latest show has been getting almost universally negative press, or at the very least it is the negative press that is floating to the top, and quite honestly I can’t see why. It isn’t his best work, nor was it the most engaging hour of television I’ve ever seen, but I still enjoyed it.
In part this might just be because I have drunk the proverbial Kool-Aid. Everything that the show is ‘about’ is something I agree with. I don’t think America can lay claim to the ‘Greatest Country’ title. We’re a giant overly entitled bully. We dumb everything down and polarize any and every opinion we can. I can’t have an open conversation with any one ‘conservative’ because it will just degrade into a fight. It’s just as much my fault as the other sides, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
A specific bit really rang true for me. I’m paraphrasing, but in essence the main character insisted that the US used to revere intelligence, not fear and belittle it. I don’t know if this is absolutely true. I don’t know if we did ever really revere it, but I do know that it’s not a quality people hold in high esteem anymore. Folksy assholes throw around terms like ‘elitist’ like it were nothing. The idea that knowing something is a sin is really sickening to me. The idea that decisions should be made without knowing something is terrifying.
This country needs to open its ears and its eyes. More importantly it needs to open its mind.