I’m moved to write this by a post today on The Adopted Ones blog, which is itself inspired by this TV listing. There’s a new reality show out there and the hook is we watch young women thinking about giving up their children for adoption.
What does it mean when decisions about adoption become the stuff of reality TV? I suppose it means we’ve come a long way from the days it was a deep and dark secret, but really, is it all progress? I’m inclined to agree with the criticism you’ll see on the Adopted Ones blog, but there’s more than that to bother me. This isn’t entertainment–it’s real life and it’s serious and it’s not for us to sit around and watch. Then again, I suppose we (as a culture) do a lot of that these days.
I was thinking about entertainment already today because I picked up a guide for the Seattle International Film Festival this morning. Perhaps it is no longer a surprise, but my topics here are now the stuff of cinematic exploration.