November 21, 2012

Happy World Television Day!

Today is World Television Day... and yes I am accepting presents for this important holiday. In December 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day, commemorating the first World Television Forum in 1996.

...the United Nations cannot achieve its purposes unless the peoples of the world are fully informed of its aims and activities... Recognizing the increasing impact that television has on decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues..

Okay so that is a pretty highbrow mandate for the medium that brings us Honey Boo Boo... however it is true that television has helped along democracy as it has opened up the world; studies show that as TV spreads, so does equality for women and access to education.

As a gay man, I think back to the 70s when there were rarely any gay characters on TV, and the rare one I did see was a swishy stereotype or a hate crime victim.

Now in the post Will and Grace era we have gay characters on Glee, The Good Wife, The New Normal, Partners, Revenge, and many other prime-time series, plus out gay TV stars like Ellen Degeneres, Jim Parsons and Anderson Cooper.

And while yes there is tons of crap out there, there are some shows I adore and follow. My current TV favourites are The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, Elementary, Kitchen Cousins and The Voice... what are yours?