What the Television We Watch Can Tell Us About Our Politics

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In 1999, NBC premiered Aaron Sorkin’s new series The West Wing, a television show that follows the life of fictional President Josiah Bartlet and his staff. It was two years before 9/11, and television audiences were enamored by Sorkin’s portrayal of a “utopian” White House. Premiering shortly after the Clinton impeachment, The West Wing debuted during a partisan political climate that split the American electorate. Sorkin’s goal was to humanize the executive branch and combat the cynical beliefs viewers had of politics. He created relatable characters and a President without moral ambiguity, giving audiences an alternative view of public service than what was they saw on the daily news. This optimistic approach definitely became more apparent as the Clinton presidency came to a close and the presidency of George W. Bush began.

Most of The West Wing’s run coincided with the Bush presidency. The turmoil of the Bush years…

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I am new to all this and just would like to tell u about me.  I am 51 married and live in stalybridge in cheshire/greater manchester.  I work, and have been married 17 years.  Crikey looks like an add on a dating site……had a rellay weird day.  Spent too long on computer but think i managed to crack the pork on the barbecue.  Who else has problems with barbecues, they dont light like it shows on he youtube demonstrations.

Any how thats it for my first attempt.  Hopefully more to follow