Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Facebook, TNT's Trust Me, and Being Au Courant

TNT Trust MeWhen I wrote my piece on Faceboook, Oprah, and us older Facebookers being the punchline of a midlife crisis joke, I cross-posted it at Blogher.com, but forgot to mention the "Au Courant" episode of TNT's Trust Me, part of which focused on a parent spying on his daughter on Facebook.

Most likely I also forgot the episode because the show's like background noise to me. When I give full attention to a show about the advertising industry, I prefer Mad Men on AMC. The business and the people who go into it hasn't changed as much as you'd think.

Anyway, Lisa Belkin saw the "Au Courant" episode and mentioned it her NYT Motherlode blog post, "Facebook for Parents".
The next day I got an e-mail message from the local PTA. Would I mind teaching a class at the upcoming community education night about “Parents on Facebook”? (Sure, I said, but shouldn’t my children be teaching it instead?)

Then I watched the new TNT show “Trust Me,” where the plot revolved around parents worried about their daughter’s popularity because she has so few Facebook friends.

According to the calculus of blogging, three equals “time to write about it.” (Lisa Belkin)
She goes on and gives tips for parents on using the social network and mentions a Standford University educational project at facebookforparents.org. The site's link didn't work when I checked it. Nevertheless, Belkin's not making up the project. Stanford University offered a noncredit course Facebook for Parents earlier this year.

You can watch the full "Au Courant" episode of Trust Me at Hulu.com (Ep. 4, Season 1) or at the TNT site. Otherwise, episodes air on TNT Tuesday nights

Below is a sneak preview video of Episode 4, which first aired in February. If you watch it, you'll see why the episode is called "Au Courant." An advertising contract is in jeopardy because to the clients the ad team's television campaign for its product seems out of touch with teens, of whom it's said, don't even watch TV anymore. Not seen in the clip is how the character Mason McGuire, played by Ed McCormack, tries desperately to prove he's current and still cool and in touch with teens, that he must be in touch because he has a teen at home. However, his daughter, Haley, isn't the "typical" teen, and that creates a few amusing moments.

His buddy Conner, played by Tom Cavanaugh, is the one who convinces Mason that his coolness is in jeopardy partly because his daughter is not cool herself, as evidenced by her Facebook page. When Mason visits his daughter's page at home, his wife, Erin, catches him and says it's wrong to spy and also that it may be good that their daughter doesn't appear to be wildly popular. When their daughter finds out her father's been spying on her on Facebook, she wonders about her dad's obsession with her not being the typical teen or popular.

Later Haley says to her parents:
I've decided I should really try to be more cool so you guys will be proud of me. ... I've got a lot of catching up to do. In order to be a typical teen by the end of the week I'm gonna have to have some sort of sex with 3.2 boys. But hey, don't worry about birth control. It's mostly oral.
Mason looks at his wife and says, "Erin, make her stop!" His wife says, "Don't look at me. You shouldn't have snooped on her Facebook page.


The other Internet-related storyline in the episode involves the character Sarah who is informed by two guys in the office that she's identified as a lesbian online. She then sets out to prove she's not a lesbian and fears the rumor is further wrecking her dismal love life.

One of the observations used to label her gay is "She walks like a trucker so she must be gay." Angry, Sarah says, "This is ridiculous! I don't even like women."

Yes, I had to watch parts of this show online to write this post and recall what I saw the first time. Lessons I take away from this episode: Learn when to ignore your best friend's advice, ignore the ramblings of guys at the office, and don't worry about your child not being popular. But I think I've learned those lessons before in life.

1 comment:

le0pard13 said...

You know, you're giving this father nightmares...