Friends, we live in a divided world. Not just the part where it’s divided between those who voted for Donald Trump and the rest of us, although there’s certainly that. We are divided in ways far deeper and even more fraught.
In 2017, there are two kinds of people: those who are watching the same show as you…and those who aren’t.
For the past week I have begun every conversation – with friends, with relatives, with co-workers, with strangers, in person, via email and on whatsapp – like this:
“ARE YOU WATCHING THE HANDMAIDS’ TALE?”
I ask this in a needy, urgent way, multiple times a day.
And if the answer is no, you are dead to me. Not actually dead. I will not kill you, even with my eyes, but you are useless to me in terms of having a conversation because since watching the first episode, it is all I want to talk about. I am not angry with you. I am just disappointed.
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If someone says they’re not watching it or – gasp – they’ve never heard of it, you can see my face actually fall. I droop visibly.
And today I have noticed the same look of disappointment and crushing dismissal in the eyes of all my co-workers who are watching the new season of Game Of Thrones – a show I have never watched and will never watch.
Please don’t leave a comment urging me to give it a go because I would rather eat a dry teabag. Not my thing. Never going to be my thing. The end.
I totally understand if it's your thing though. No judgement. It's just that more than ever before, we're now creating tribes around the shows we're watching- and you're either in...or you're out.