As pine trees turn into palm trees on the ride back from Marlborough, MA, most of my teammates applaud and turn their attention to the HBO show Entourage being played on the shaky 8 inch tvs scattered throughout the cabin. The show itself has been around for a while now and I’ve never really been too fond of it. In reality I’m not very fond of tv shows in general but that’s besides the point. I figured since the show is on I’d analyze it and try to give it a shot.
As scenes jump from mansions to extravagant parties to prestigious restaurants, I’m finding that the lessons and tidbits of constructive information that I usually look to extract from entertainment are few and far between. It brings me to a few questions that I’ve always battled with. At what point should entertainment be used solely for distraction? Also, is there a balance between entertainment and the life lessons within it that should be upheld? Or should entertainment always be used for an escape from daily life? I rarely sit down and just mindlessly enjoy most of what I see, eat, or hear in my life. When I listen to music, I search for songs that have meaning, depth, and are relatable to my current situation. When I eat I wonder about the health and quality of what I’m putting in my body. So is it that I simply miss the lessons within because I can’t relate to the situations within the entertainment, or is there just a modern day deterioration of quality within entertainment?
Basically watching the show has just brought me to one main question: what is the purpose of entertainment?