Monday, November 7, 2016

Season Three of Wentworth and Other Stuff

I've been watching season three of Wentworth.  It's wonderfully intense, and I'm loving it.

When I watched the second season, I wondered why there was only one Aboriginal prisoner, since I have been given the idea, throughout the years, that there's a disproportionate number of Aboriginal people in Australian prisons. I was pretty sure Australia had the same problem as the US when it came to putting too many black people in prison.

During my season two days, I did guess that maybe things were different in Victoria, the place where Wentworth takes place.

This time I decided to actually look things up.

I went to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  There I learned that although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make up 84% of prisoners in the Northern Territory, they only make up 8% of prisoners in Victoria.

SO, Wentworth has it about right.

In season three, the show has ten or so actresses who play fairly prominent prison roles. It's not unrealistic to have only one of them be Aboriginal.


There's something else on my mind.

Last night I started thinking about how I love TV shows.  I love watching them. I love talking about them. I love writing about them.  TV is one of my favorite things.

Then I felt annoyed at myself.

The thing is, a few months ago, I had felt bad about writing so much about television. I can't say it's because I thought TV wasn't a worthy subject.  It was probably more along the lines of the fact that I worried it's hard for people to follow along if they aren't watching the same shows.

I'm realizing, though, that I don't need to have the type of blog that people come to and read every day. I know from Statcounter that most people who come to my blog are not loyal readers.  Mostly I get people who are interested in a particular person or subject.  And guess what? Usually that subject involves TV actors.

The reason I'm annoyed with myself is I REALLY need to stop trying hard to please other people.

There are times when such a venture has merit. For example, let's say I had a large number of loyal readers and I was making money from their visits.  Then it might be wise to consider writing more for other people than myself.  But that's not happening in my universe.

Also, if I lose the small amount of people who come to my blog because they liked my old posts about politics, history, and things like that, I'd maybe, at the same time, gain readers who like reading about TV-related things. Yeah they might not understand my posts about shows they don't watch. But if that's the case, they can easily just skip those posts!

We live in a very content rich society.  There are so many choices when it comes to finding stuff to read and watch.  If we don't enjoy the creation, we can move along and find something different.