I’m in the process of evaluating Girls‘ potential to be remixed. What’s difficult about mashing up a first-season series is that, as an audience, we’re not really sure of it’s original context: we’ve only had 10 episodes over the course of 3 months. We’re not intimately familiar with the characters either and there’s not a lot of footage to work with. But what’s drawing me to Girls is it’s portrayal of millennial young women: it simultaneously mocks and validates the struggle of graduating into a recession with a desire to not sell out.
For women ages 18-34, our identifying political experiences include 9/11, the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the economic recession. Accelerated by a lack of jobs, we are on course to become the most educated generation in American history due to increased college and graduate school enrollment. But 58% of us would take a pay cut to work for an organization or company that shares their values. And 60% of us report that it’s “very important” to work for a socially responsible company.
While most of us don’t have cable TV to watch Girls, it’s a narrative that, I think, is worthy of a remix if I could just figure out how to pull all of that out of context.