The Tyranny of “Dialogue”

The Tyranny of “Dialogue”

Growing up, I saw a lot of sitcoms. Too many: The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Night Court, Cheers (ok, so I was an NBC guy). One thing you start to realize when you watch these shows is how incredibly formulaic they are: The Teaser, The Trouble, The “Muddle,” The Triumph, and finally The Kicker. Like anxious teenagers urgently trying to “stand out” by looking like everyone else, sitcoms conform religiously to the formula.

Sometimes it seems as if the debates in the Church over the past few decades are just as formulaic – call it “That 60’s Show,” starring aging Catholic hippies along with a few of their young “hip” liberal sidekicks, in endless repeats. The results, however, are anything but funny…

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