The Magicom Lives On

Gary Kenton’s exploration of the use of escapism to popularize “magicoms” in the 1960s can be used to explain why many of our most popular TV shows have gained such success today. Kenton explains, “Magicoms don’t just rely on rely on viewers’ suspension of disbelief but demand an out-and-out surrender of critical faculties.” Meaning, the viewer must accept that the reality in which the show occurs is not comparable to the world in which we live. Through this setting, the audience is able to fully immerse themselves in a new world. This is the basis of escapism that makes reality TV and sci-fi dramas so popular today. Shows like “The Bachelor” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” allow the audience to feel as if they are in a new lifestyle while they watch their favorite characters. This is also very true for “Game of Thrones”. Clearly not a sitcom, this show uses intricate drama of a fictional world to captivate the audience. The vast following of this show is based on the audience’s love of being drawn into a world beyond their own, just like the magicoms presented scenarios unfathomable in our world.

Tyler Roberts

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2 Responses to The Magicom Lives On

  1. marymdalton says:

    Interesting point of view. I just can’t get in to the reality shows…they make me sad…and worried about the decline of our culture!

  2. marymdalton says:

    I realize that comment makes me sound old, boring, and perhaps hopelessly out of touch!

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