dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

It's not a generation gap, it's a cathode ray chasm.....

As you've probably guessed by now, Lynn loves to watch television a lot. This is because despite her parents' insistence that they not bring the conversation-killing machine into their home to irradiate their children's bodies and its values to warp their minds, they eventually broke down and bought a set. As they feared, Lynn's first reaction was to become a boob-tube devotee. The reason for that would seem to be that the flickering blue parent did something they did not: tell Lynn that she was right to want all the things she wanted and that the world was exactly how she thought it was. Not only were younger siblings scheming antagonists who inconvenienced older siblings out of malice, authority figures were either incompetent, arbitrarily evil or both.

The horrible side effect of having the values she saw on the screen coincide so closely with her own wants, needs and fears is that she still seems to see those around her not as real people with wants, needs and fears of their own but as sitcom stereotypes. This is, as a for instance, why she thinks that Mike and Lizzie are tiny robots built to spout punchlines and get into mischief to antagonize Mom because that's what they do. It's also why their perceived mental ages fluctuate so wildly; after all, sitcom children are whatever mental age the writers need them to be at any given time so Lynn thinks that she can do this in her otherwise realistic strip. It's even why she has Elly throw things at people; something that would get Elly arrested in the real world is harmless fun because the Three Stooges do that crap all the time.

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