Monday, August 25, 2003
Here and Hereafter
Explores recent trends toward the “spiritual” in TV and the movies. Producer Barbara “Hall thinks the new shows also reflect a waning faith in science’s ability to solve all our problems—and a culture-wide admission that life is built on mysteries that might never be solved. ‘Science was gonna cure cancer, it was gonna give us perfect children,’ Hall says. ‘Information and science and reason and reductionist theory were going to show us how to live. Well, none of that has come to pass.’” (Matt Zoller Seitz, “Here and Hereafter,” The New Jersey Star-Ledger, August 17, 2003). (Our cynical read: “baby boomers try to face mortality” or, “are baby boomers finally growing up?”). Thanks to relapsed catholic for the link.