The 2010 Primetime Emmy award nominees have been announced. The great thing about major award shows like the Emmys is that even though I know that, being a major award show, the Emmys are not something to be taken seriously, I still spent a full four seconds getting angry over the likelihood that Lost will win “Outstanding Drama Series” over Breaking Bad before sitting back, thinking, “wait, I am stupid and easily baited,” and returning my attention to my humble breakfast of uncooked steel-cut oats poured into a wine glass that I did not wash before going to bed last night.
Just like the ceremony itself, the actual Emmy award is artificially bloated with importance and sentiment.
The statuette of a winged woman holding an atom has since become the symbol of the Television Academy’s goal of supporting and uplifting the arts and science of television: The wings represent the muse of art; the atom the electron of science.
The electron of science! Here is how television works: billions of pixies fly through the cable lines, carrying electrons to your television and arranging them into a signal that eventually comprises what you watch on television. Sometimes, though, they run out of electrons and have to slowly drag heavy-ass protons all the way to your TV, resulting in a tedious, boring show. This is where Mad Men comes from.