It has been 25 years since the single season of “My So Called Life” premiered on TV. I’m old enough to have had teenagers at home that watched it. It was the first teen series that didn’t have all the kids living in Beverly Hills, or the girls looking like Kelly Kapowski.
What was so different about the show? From a CNN article about the show, it ” portrayed confused — and smart — teenagers searching for love and acceptance while working through family troubles, substance abuse, homophobia, unrequited love and dealing with school violence. “
I wonder if the internet has been our “So called religion”. Before the internet, all Mormon’s lived in (or strove to live in) a “Father Knows Best” family, and look the part of Robert Young and Jane Wyatt . All problems where solved in a half hour show by praying and reading the scriptures.
Boom, then came the internet, and then we had Mormons searching for love and acceptance while working through family troubles, substance abuse, homophobia, racism and history. Of course this had always been the case, but now Mormons could interact with other Mormons going through the same issues.
Many shows have followed in the footsteps of that ground breaking show, and sometimes we long for the simpler days of Father Knows Best type shows. I’m sure there are some Mormons that long for the days before the internet, before the church essays were published. Things were easier back then if you were a white male, not so much if you were female, black or LGBTQ. We’ve come a long way since then, to the point that recently the church has indicated it has no position on the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) , a big change from back in the day!
Are there any readers out there that watched My So Called Life? Did it change you in any way? Has the internet forced a similar cultural change in the church?