Ways of Looking at the Camera: “The Office,” “Fleabag,” & “Winning Time”
Everything proffers a philosophy of life, whether it knows it or not. TV shows are no different. A TV show literally creates an entire world—what a person is (an ontology), how people relate to each other (an ethics), how bodies move through space (a physics). Indeed, each show is a veritable cosmology. While they may be a frivolous distraction or a profound experience, every show necessarily makes an argument about life. And I have to say, it’s fun finding profundity in the things we find irrelevant. So while I may sound dramatic at times, please know that this sense of drama is part of the fun, even if I’m being quite serious.