Breaking Bad: A Symbolic Sign Of The Times. Excellent Television

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Breaking Bad: A Symbolic Sign of The Times Excellent television programming can leave a lasting impression with audiences. Particularly if the show embodies relatable themes that viewers are confronting in their lives. Such was the case for the hit television series Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad is a critically acclaimed fictional crime drama that tells the story of a brilliant high school chemistry teacher named Walter White. Walter’s life is bland and uneventful. He has a wife and a teenage son with a lifelong disability. He is underpaid as teacher and holds a second job as a car wash cashier to make ends meet. His financial struggles put a strain on his marriage and home life. Just as things could not get any worse for Walter, he finds…show more content…
Furthermore, the show tackled issues such as financial strife, health problems, illicit drug use, drug production and distribution in the United States and Mexico all which paralleled events occurring in our country during the time the series aired. To begin with, the introduction to Breaking Bad and Walter White took place on January 20, 2008 when the show first aired. At the time, America was dealing with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The country was in economic turmoil and this caused mayhem within the government and its financial institutions. The financial crisis was a result of years of poor lending practices. Lenders allowed virtually anyone with a below average credit score to apply for a subprime loan thus making it extremely accessible for high-risk individuals to borrow money. These high-risk borrowers began to default on their loans contributing to the housing meltdown. After the housing crash, lenders justified their poor lending practices by noting that they were simply trying to help stimulate the economy after the dot com crash of 2000. Millions of Americans were badly affected by the economic crisis in 2007-2008 and lost their homes and their jobs. According to CNN Money News, “…524,000 jobs were lost in December 2007 and 1.9 million in the year 's final four months…” (Goldman). The country

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