Modern Family’s ‘Connection Lost’ Episode as Allegory

The episode is an allegory (or parable, if you prefer). The truth it reveals is a good old fashion cautionary moral: Don’t let facts get in the way of truth.

No doubt, there are hundreds of posts this morning in which bloggers are trying to explain the top 10 this or that’s about the episode of Modern Family that aired last night (“Connection Lost,” Season 6, Episode 16).

For that reason, I haven’t read any blog posts regarding the show. If this sounds like I’m borrowing the observation of others, I’m actually not (this time, at least).

I did read one review and it was insightful (unlike this post, perhaps). It’s written by Gwen Ihnat at AV Club. She calls the episode, “A gimmicky but successful storytelling experiment.”

What you’re about to read is my observation of the show as an allegory (or parable, if you prefer).

SPOILER ALERT: I include some spoilers in this post, but I could tell you everything that happens and it wouldn’t matter.

Here are several things I won’t be writing about in this post

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A 9/11 TV documentary viewing list

[From the infographic, World Trade Center Reborn,]

As those who know me or who read this blog will know, I will be viewing a lot of coverage of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. However, I’ve decided to focus my viewing on what should be some of the best programming, rather than the predictable run-up to the anniversary. One thing is certain: Other than the anniversary ceremony itself, I will not be viewing any of the cable news outlets. (I’m convinced there’s something about the cameras at cable news networks that makes anyone they point them towards sound stupid.)

I think I’ve found my most-likely viewing list, thanks to Washington Post critic Hank Stuever, who previewed 35 hours of the prepared 9/11 documentary programming and describes it as “barely a dent in what’s out there.”

His general take-away:

“TV is coming at us with much too much too much — content that is surprisingly rote, perfunctory and often unimaginative. A lot of what you’ll see on TV lacks the power to deeply study the events and their impact on culture. It’s as if most networks were afraid of getting too introspective or thinky about 9/11. Narrative trumps thought.Instead we get clip jobs and sound bites, with a strange mix of nostalgia and despair. The motto was ‘Never forget,’ and TV never did.”

I’ve decided to limit my viewing (my DVR is already set) to Stuever’s top recommendations:

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