Geena Davis makes her debut as el presidente tonight … or is that la presidente??? Either way . . .
Some pundits are hypothesizing her new show, "Commander in Chief," could pave the way toward electing a female chief executive (which is a lot of pressure to put on a TV show). Davis herself told USA TODAY, "We’re making this as entertainment. But God willing, if this show stays on and people see a woman in that office for a while, I think it will help people become more used to it. It’s certainly about time that we had a few female presidents."
This raises some interesting questions . . .
How powerful is imagination? Is the first step toward being elected president being imaginable as president?
- Is voting really just “casting” a person who looks presidential? In short, is symbolism more important than substance?
- If so, is TV the only way to escape this catch-22 (you can’t get elected because you haven’t been elected)? What other ways might we challenge the dominant paradigm?
- Is this show an attempt to use TV to manipulate the public or simply a money-making venture that has already yielded lots of earned media?
If this show is an attempt to manipulate the public, will it work? If the goal of the last twenty-five years of liberal media was to elect liberals – they have a lousy track record.
I don’t have the answers, just some interesting thoughts and questions about this one. Stay tuned.