Political Theorists write what they believe to be important, the key to American success into books that could be great success and widely circulated like Common Sense by Thomas Paine, but today most people, besides political science majors, do not pick up political works for a bit of light reading. They are boring for the most part and do not entrance the public. However what if there was a way to get out the message to awaken the public to a political travesty, to entice them to change their future through political evolvement.
Anonymous (2011) debuted at the box office on October 28th. It claims that Shakespeare was in fact not the author, playwright, and poet that we all know him to be but in fact that he was merely an illiterate actor, who never learned to form letters. That the Earl of Oxford was in fact the mastermind behind many of the historical and deeply political plays of the time.
Knowing he could not indeed soil his good name for writing plays was thought to have been the work of the devil at that time and certainly not regarded as a respectful career choice. Yet I was not intrigued by whether Shakespeare was the playwright we know him to be or not but a huge revolt caused by the play he wrote.
Often today when the President interrupts our primetime television we are not only irritated but it’s also the time you might find yourself hitting the restroom or refilling your snacks. Most feel it is a break and ignore the message conveyed. The broadcast also does not reach every station so you could change the channel rather than listen to the important message.
What if political thought could be disguised in an action packed, suspenseful drama broadcast so that most Americans could not help but turn away. The play depicted in the film was open to everyone and the Earl himself financed it so that people could watch for free. It was written to create a mob to convince the Queen her advisors were corrupt and did not have her best interests at heart. They turned people away at the doors.
With television being virtually free in the sense that 99% of Americans own at least one in their homes, think of the influence it provides. And what a great outlet it could be if the right message was portrayed the modern sense of a play a movie or primetime television show. Political messages could be encrypted into the shows we watch to change the though process of Americans and solve some of the problems America is facing (economic crisis).
People don’t go to plays or hear speeches the way they did in past times. The technology of the present is hindering the knowledge of the public about the political sphere. Could people look on the internet for the information they seek… yes, but what would they rather do online shop, play a video game, or read gossip on a social network site.
Someone may have the best ideas and write a fantastic speech but what good would that do if no one listens or pays attention to the message and the speaker.