flat because it does not actively question its own methods, instead
drawing on assumptions that being different and diverse is
better.Yet, that unilateral directionality limits its scope in audience,
as well as what socio-cultural subjects it can tackle.
The show writers make choices to tackle socially relevant
and salient topics then share those ideas through a cast of people
who create diverse representations of real people. Such depictions
must be made carefully and analyzed from all angles. The intention
to represent a multiplicity of identities in the show can be praised,
and the intention to tackle salient socio-cultural topics in terms of
shaking up the audience’s assumptions about each topic is also
recognized. It is important for the show, however, to examine its
own methodology in assessing each topic because in the process
of attempting to make the show funny, the writers have created
some unintended consequences.
Unintended Implicit Messaging
Throughout the season, Dev is shown to learn about
relevant socio-cultural tropes, surrounded by his diverse group of
friends. There is a theme present throughout the first season that
has unintentional consequences for the message the show is trying
to convey, however. When Dev learns about and implements a
specific, socially progressive ideology into any part of his life, he
experiences negative consequences personally. This pattern
implicitly illustrates the idea that people will miss out on the
possibility for success if they examine and implement a socially
progressive ideology. In his essay “The Subject and Power,”
Michel Foucault states, “Domination may only be the transcription
of a mechanism of power resulting from confrontation and its
consequences” (785). With that, he asserts that by attempting to
subvert a powerful ideology, the subject effectively acknowledges
and propagates that very ideology. What I mean to suggest here is
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