“It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.” — Rod Serling
On the night Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force, was killed by an United States airstrike in Baghdad, I was curled up on the couch watching an old episode of The Twilight Zone. It was the classic episode “It’s a Good Life,” about a town that is controlled by the mind of an evil six-year-old boy.
In order to avoid the punishment of being “sent to the cornfield,” the townspeople have to keep telling the boy how good and smart he is, while they wear pained smiles trying to be as outwardly happy as they can be.
The boy decrees a new normal that must be followed: no television, except for once a week when he decides what everyone can watch. He has a hatred of dogs, and so he gets rid of them when he finds them. He literally controls every aspect of their lives, and forces everyone to go along with him. Or else.
In this climatic scene, one person finally stands up to the boy and suffers the consequence:
Looking into the Mirror of Television
Television is an art form that has great value. It is a mirror of society at any given moment, and like The Twilight Zone, a mirror that never stops reflecting our shared world.
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