Yesterday I wrote about Kung Fu Panda 2 which, it turns out, has an adoption sub-plot. On the subject of popular media, there’s also this new TV series called Switched at Birth. You can pretty well guess what it about.
I’m not a TV fan and although I knew it was on I didn’t watch it. But I compensate be reading TV reviews and criticisms and in that spirit, I’ll point you towards this from Ginia Bellafonte, who writes for the NY Times. (I’m less interested in The Nine Lives of Chloe King, although it too has something to say about our fascination with the role of DNA in our lives.)
(I’m going to pause for a little quibble/side note here as Bellafante refers to Harry Potter. It seems to me that the critical theme in Harry Potter isn’t simply about DNA. As Dumbledore says to Harry (more than once, I believe) it isn’t about the gifts you are given, what is most important isn’t the gifts you are given by your heritage, but rather the choices you make about what you’ll do with those gifts.)
Anyway, I don’t imagine I’ll be watching Switched at Birth but it does once again demonstrate the ways in which popular media both reflect and shape our ideas about who is family and why.