Voices of the Economy Amplified: Best Films, TV, Art, Books and Moments About Work, Pt 1

08/09/2010 01:01 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Wyatt Closs Political and Pop Culture Strategist, Keen Observer, and Voracious Consumer

With real storylines like Oil Spills, Big Banks' Foreclosures, or Turning Down Loans to Pregnant Women, and real characters like The Truly Unemployed, The Twighlight Career Switchers, Tea Baggers and Minutemen, the entertainment and arts world would have more than enough to draw from in terms of poignant depictions and expressions and villains of working family struggles and frustrations. And we, likewise, would relish in the absorption of it consuming much like we would watch a car wreck, 9/11 or the Super Bowl.

But the truth of the matter is that such depictions don't happen that often. We're far more likely to see more Housewives of Blah Blah County than we are to see another All in the Family. We are more likely to get shocked by Banksy than to see Diego Rivera or Jacob Lawrence.

Thats why I want to shine the light on those souls who truly choose to take the road less traveled. For the next few weeks, we will take a look at, dig and scrounge for, then argue about a variety of ways in which worker voices have been amplified. As we approach Labor Day 2010, Iets kick it up a notch by naming names.

As in, naming films that got across working family values or messaging or naming art shows that dared to evoke worker issues or bookmark books with an honest worker-oriented protagonist or environment.

The broad categories will be Film, TV, Art, Books, Music, Spectacles, and Celebrity Stances. The final blog, just before Labor Day weekend, will summarize them all. Including YOUR comments. In doing so, lets consider:

Does it make us think differently about work?
Does it reflect values of working families?
Does it do more than preach and rather, entertain, first?

Meanwhile, here's the first question to ponder: Who's a more true working class hero, Batman or Ironman? Both are self-absorbed billionaires intent on trying to do something good using their fortunes to be able to do so. Eh, why bother to ponder. Today, they would just run for US Senate or Governor rather than work on elaborate contraptions that make them fly. Unless you're Sir Richard Branson.