How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization
David Hopkins
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Hmmm. I’ve seen FRIENDS like 9 times, and honestly, I think you’ve missed the boat here by about a decade. Since the new Wall Street is programming, aka where $$ is at, an avid interest in science, technology and other innovation is outpacing the american workforce. That means, yes, there is a camp of people who are anti-wealth, anti-tech, and may feel intimidated that their economic options are severely limited and thus lash out at the (not so innocent themselves) STEM industries, but look at modern shows; there’s a lot of science love, a lot of appreciation of curiosity. Friends is a tiny, tiny privileged, hetero-normative, cis-gendered universe (like all of them are basically from New York; 1/2 of them grew up rich on Long Island), and honestly in the time since the show having a PhD became so fashionable that it also became a lottery-like, over-saturated market. The show’s views on science and learning are THAT outdated. The consumerism thing on the other hand…u got me there man. It’s a problem (ironically one that is fostered by the accessibility of consumers using innovative technological methods that would perhaps be at the place where creativity and scientific knowledge meet…)

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