I’m sure the author meant to justify TV’s endless parade of cliched storylines, but to me the article simply justified why I don’t own a TV. That said, his view of creativity is provocative and could spur an interesting art project.
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/zOPmDjsBCKA/ via Byline Let’s embrace the standard semantics of tropes found on TV and in film, says Wired’s Scott Brown. Let’s call it what it is: a programming language….
You’re looking at the source code of television writing itself, basically a TV genome map. Far from being a tedious cliché roster, it’s rapturously fascinating (arguably more so than many of the programs actually mentioned). Start with your favorite show….You’ll pull up a list of the tropes it contains, starting with the obvious (the Cowboy Cop, the Red Shirt marked for death) …the Captain Obvious, an authority figure who vocalizes stuff that doesn’t need saying; and the ever-popular Genre Blindness, where characters have clearly never seen the kind of TV show they’re in. (If they had, they wouldn’t be having sex in the woods with a killer on the loose.)