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It is clear from this novel that the content of TV shows that Mildred and her friends are so addicted to feature bland, vague characters that come to take the place of any actual "family." Note how Mildred refers to the characters on the shows as being her "family," suggesting that in this dystopian world mass media has replaced actual flesh and blood family and is dangerously altering people's understanding of the most basic human ties. Note too how in the following quote technology is shown to be a massive leveller of all aspects of society, commodifying everything and using it for its own purposes, even things and characters that we would associate with being special:
Christ is one of the ‘family’ now. I often wonder it God recognizes His own son the way we've dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? He's a regular peppermint stick now, all sugar-crystal and saccharine when he isn't making veiled references to certain commercial products that every worshipper absolutely needs.
Even Jesus Christ has been taken up into the TV shows. There is very little direct reference to what the contents of these TV shows are, but what is clear is the way in which they are focused on very little meaningful content, and are just distractions to help people ignore the emptiness of their own lives and the meaningless nature of their existence.
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