Some call it a TV show, I call it blog material. I don’t know if you are like me, but one of my favorite shows on television is the show House. Not only is there mystery inside of the show you also are taking part in a story that runs deep between each character. Monday’s episode (3/8//10) took on a whole new way of looking at the show.
The doctors where presented with a typical case, well at least it was typical for the show. For an hour they tried to figure out what was wrong with this lady. That was not what interest me, what interest me about this episode was the patient. She was a “well known blogger” at least that was how they described her, who seemed to be dying of cancer. Throughout the show tension was rising between her and her boyfriend on how much she blogged about her life. Like most bloggers she held nothing back (well except for one thing which actually was the reason for her problems, watch the episode to find out what I am talking about) and this bothered her boyfriend (or maybe husband). This tension was spreading to the doctors as well as they dealt with identity issues and this idea of community. The question that was continued to be asked was how much can we learn from someone based off their blog?
House (Greg House, the main character) was also dealing with this issue and trying to learn more about someone, his biological father. He decided to partake in this way of learning about others and started to read a collection of sermons written by his father to learn more about who he was. Interesting enough the question was brought up to house, “why don’t you just call your dad?” Which seems to be the logical answer to this. But House seemed to be more interested in studying his dad then connecting with him.
I would encourage you to watch the whole episode. It had a lot of thought provoking situations. You can watch it here
There was one situation that stuck out to me as I watched the show. It was a dialogue between the doctors as they tried to figure out what was wrong with this lady.
Check out this clip from the show:
The point at the end was very interesting. I think it brings up a couple of questions:
1) Is privacy a modern invention?
2) Can community and connection come when we take off our mask and reveal who we truly are?