Girls is a television program about the children of wealthy famous people and shitty music and Facebook and how hard it is to know who you are and Thought Catalog and sexually transmitted diseases and the exhaustion of ceaselessly dramatizing your own life while posing as someone who understands the fundamental emptiness and narcissism of that very self-dramatization.
I claim that the fact that we are strongly encouraged to identify with characters for whom death is not a significant creative possibility has real costs. We the audience, and individual you over there and me right here, lose any sense of eschatology, thus of teleology, and live in a moment that is, paradoxically, both emptied of intrinsic meaning or end and quite literally eternal. If we’re the only animals who know in advance we’re going to die, we’re also probably the only animals who would submit so cheerfully to the sustained denial of this undeniable and very important truth. The danger is that, as entertainment’s denials of truth get even more effective and pervasive and seductive, we will eventually forget what these are denials of. This is scary. Because it seems transparent to me that, if we forget how to die, we’re going to forget how to live.
—David Foster Wallace, “Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young” (via vaccerelli)
Also why shows like The Wire and Game of Thrones are so amazing.