Pet Peeve #27 on How Television and Movies Portray the Workplace
by Matthew Stollak on Monday, August 20, 2012
I like Aaron Sorkin shows and movies. I watched "The West Wing" and "Sports Night" regularly. I thought "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" was an interesting mistake. I enjoyed the script for "The Social Network."
However, in watching his latest endeavor, "The Newsroom," he is guilty of using a device that drives me up the wall....having private conversations in front of other co-workers.
Whether it is about relationships, or, even worse, dressing down a subordinate, these conversations are held in the audience of other friends or peers. You can see the pained expressions in those friends and co-workers' eyes, the awkwardness that ensues, and rarely, if ever, is there a follow-up scene with an apology for the inappropriateness of the conversation.
While you think it makes for good TV or movies, it makes for bad management.