This is a week of current events that might seal the fate of all of us. Yet I continue to obsess over a television series. How shallow is that? I am not, for one moment apologizing. The contrast, however, has crystalised my thoughts about USA’s White Collar.
Video literacy, or illiteracy, is at the heart of the debacle spreading across the Muslim Middle East. Someone created the video, with the intent to spread ill will if not hate. Those who took offense gave the video too much credence. By rioting, they effectively validated the message. Both sides went to unnecessary extremes.
The tension at the heart of White Collar is that one man’s lie is another’s truth. Can we live peacefully with that dichotomy? Or can we find a middle ground where we can coexist? If we read the headlines…that is impossible. If we watch a piece of fiction, then there is a place for hope.
By seeing the individual, rather than the label, common ground can be found.
White Collar won’t fix the world’s ills. It does challenge us to see beyond labels and stereotypes. A reminder that is essential in a world of profiling, labelling and blind faith.