Monday, July 22, 2013

Excellence is the New Avant-garde

There are only a few TV and Internet series that I give precious time to.  Among them are stimulating programs with highly informed artists who step away from the glitter of their careers and credit their achievements to the inner accessions of their calling, and the miraculous rewards that manifest from following their life’s mission with unwavering persistence and belief.

With all the distractions of pop culture and modern media, hearing someone speak from their soul and question ideals that need questioning, captures and engages one’s attention with a connection of human understanding.

It’s enriching media that nourishes the soul with invaluable advice that can urge one to stay the course; confirm the infallibility of a chosen path; or encourage dreams in the midst of doubt.

I have come across this enrichment via the web and TV, recently viewing Ken Burns discussing the importance of perseverance on Mediabistro, and from discourses on Oprah’s Master Class, and The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet.

As excellence is becoming the new avant-garde, what was once considered normal expectations and assumed standards of quality programming is now being sought after and celebrated when found. 

Great programs and excellent content – a rare art with the influx of popular programming – is now “the bar” that makes those who are seeking excellence satisfied when found. 

Of course there’s a market for everything, as consumers have the right to indulge their tastes, yet when commerce and popularity rules, excellence can become a marginalized treasure, next in line to redeem its value after what has replaced it loses its following. 

Still in the end, compelling “docu-series” and interviews, featuring accomplished individuals sharing their paths to success are vital productions that examine the human ability to achieve one’s dreams.