HOW A TV SITCOM TRIGGERED THE DOWNFALL OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

11053877_10102989026069687_7746252422717411390_nLast Friday, I spoke at Union, a spiffy coffee house in Dallas that I’m fairly certain is a church in disguise. That’s a thing, isn’t it? Churches pretending to be coffee houses. This one is more subtle than most. The pastor is a good guy. (He calls himself a “community curator”… what does that even mean?) The place is cool. And Union certainly beats going to Starbucks. If you go, I doubt anyone would start asking you about the sorry-ass-state of your immortal soul. You’re safe.

Anyways. Union invited some fellows from D Academy to speak at its Naked Stage series. All of it was to promote the Big D Reads event in April. I was one of the speakers. Most people spoke extemporaneously and did a wonderful job. However, I wanted to prepare a written essay that I could share—a call to arms against anti-intellectualism in America.

D Magazine’s Frontburner blog shared my essay. And now, I’m sharing it with you.

I want to discuss a popular TV show my wife and I have been binge-watching on Netflix. It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who fell in with the wrong crowd. He slowly descends into madness and desperation, lead by his own egotism. With one mishap after another, he becomes a monster. I’m talking, of course, about Friends and its tragic hero, Ross Geller. Read more →

1 Comment
  1. This is the first I saw your story, and yes, the headline is what got me to read it. At first, I thought this was a wtf(?) moment and what is this about. Then your reasoning at the end made some great points. “Reading a fucking book”, which I will admit I don’t do, but I read periodicals, training and job related material. Also, the bullying of nerds. Can’t stand bullies, never will. Check out IGOTUmovement.com. Anti bullying, preaches helping not hurting, sportsmanship etc.
    Good story, I will look for more.
    Thanks,
    Mike Leonard

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