They don’t make them like this anymore. Masculine role models that is, not men who have 6 million dollars worth of bionic technology poured into them.
Lee Majors was an iconic figure during my TV soaked formative years. He represented many things - America, adult males, masculinity itself, coolness and basically any TV show he was in was damn good universal viewing for anyone.
The intro sequence to the 6 Million Dollar Man still gets me excited today in much the same way as it did as a child in the 80s. The intro sequence and theme music to The Fall Guy give me this amazing nostalgic feeling inside beyond belief.
Why don’t we have TV shows like The Fall Guy or 6 Million Dollar Man anymore? Surely there has to be some reason why the 6 million channels we have today in the UK show nothing but reality TV, cooking programmes, repeats and remakes of classic TV. Did they just run out of ideas? Or does society no longer want to be entertained by masculine geared storylines and characters?
I also think the widespread and ease of access of media and the internet over the last 10-15 years has resulted in the death of ‘icons’.
Actors, musicians and artists can no longer represent anything through peoples imagination, as every aspect of their lives and career can be accessed through social networking sites and the gutter online/paper media. Theres a lot to be said about someone being an icon, but to achieve Lee Majors kind of status in 2011 is a very hard thing to do, unless they truly are superhuman. When the public get to know everything about a celebrity/artist very quickly in their career, including all their faults, then the illusion of an icon is diminished. Great people throughout history have always been regular people. The ‘ordinary’ aspect of celebrity is now explored every microsecond of the day today. This further fuels the mass concept that ‘everyone is a celebrity’ and anyone can act/sing/dance/create (delete as appropriate).
Lee Majors was (and still is) a god of my childhood. I wonder if I would have felt the same way if the media grip and the internet was the same as it is today in the 1980s?