13 Reasons Why

Entertainment is thought to be fun and light, making people’s day just a bit brighter. That is often the way most people see entertainment as. However, no one realizes how entertainment can play with someone’s mind with its underlying messages that people do not realize they learned.
13 Reasons Why was originally a book that has become a short 13 episode TV series just recently. I have had debates with numerous people because I am not the biggest fan of it. I have not yet finished the show, but I did read the book when I was a freshman in high school.
Here is the plot in a nutshell: This girl named Hannah Baker kills herself and sends out cassette tapes to 13 peoples, telling them they are the 13 reasons why she killed herself.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the book and the production so far. It shows that people should be careful with what they say and do to someone because no one ever knows how they will end up effecting that poor someone. That is a great message to get across, I must admit but that’s only the physical message it gets across.
First, although the show does not speicifcally take suicide lightly, making a TV series about that as a whole kind of does that job. If you know anything about the storyline, you must know that it doesn’t make Hannah Baker’s suicide that tragically. Instead, it makes it a mystery and shows people more pissed at the fact that the girl killed herself than sad and depressed, mourning about it.
The tapes go around and the other students determined to destroy the tapes because they are afraid the tapes will be let out and they will be blamed for the death of Hannah Baker. So instead of showing kids actually mourning and being sad because of Hannah Baker’s death.
Second, there is an underlying message that says you can inflict pain on others if you’re in pain. But that’s not okay, not okay at all. In the show, the 13 people now have guilt to carry for killing someone they knew. I guess the guilt isn’t all bad but it was not the best way to get that message across.
Everyone only speaks of how the show shoes that we should be careful with what we say and do to others. But inside, deep inside, so deep that no one actually notices that they learned this, people now have that unconscious thought of having the option to cause other people pain if they are too. But that’s not right and people should also know that.
But 13 Reasons Why is only a TV series, a form of entertainment. Yet it has a way to get to people in ways that no one actually realizes.
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6 comments

  1. eunoia · April 29

    Hanny, you do a good job in building your argument, using a recent, popular show to do so.
    These two sentences are hard to follow mostly because they have grammar mistakes that I think you should read over: “If you know anything about the storyline, you must know that it doesn’t make Hannah Baker’s suicide that tragically. Instead, it makes it a mystery and shows people more pissed at the fact that the girl killed herself than sad and depressed, mourning about it.” Furthermore, you say “shoes” (?) in this sentence, “Everyone only speaks of how the show shoes that we should be careful with what we say and do to others.

    Also in how can you back up that “there is an underlying message [in the show] that says you can inflict pain on others if you’re in pain”? One thing I think you could have done more was connected your argument more to the prompt of if you think entertainment is “ruining” society, and have used other forms of entertainment along with 13 reasons why. Other than that, it was a good read 🙂

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  2. I have a lot of thoughts on this so I’m going to unpack it in two parts: the content, and the mechanics of the blog post.

    As for mechanics, this is pretty good. I feel like it lacks your voice a bit, which makes me sad because that’s one of the things I really love about reading your blog. Often I read it and think “only Hanny would write that like that”, but this time I didn’t feel that way. The blog post is still strong, just not you. Formatting wise, I think it would look better if there was space between each paragraph. Without it, it feels kind of squished together. There are some grammar issues, as Radhika mentioned. Your argument is well structured, but I think it could have done better with some specific examples from the show of things that happened, like tell us a quote from the tapes that exemplifies them being really hurtful to people.

    The content is good. I like that you’ve broken down a popular show and show a fault in the mainstream thinking of it. I like that you never tell your reader what to think. You present us with your observations, and you don’t even necessarily say that the show is a destructive force, because, like you mentioned, it does have positive messages. The negative doesn’t necessarily render the positive unimportant. Great job dear. 🙂

    ~michelle

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  3. Karith Magnuson · May 4

    I think you raise some really good points, Hanny, and I found this post thought-provoking. Just watch your proof-reading and formatting.

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  4. nikitasehmi · May 7

    Hanny I really enjoyed your post! Having heard so much about the show it was great to hear a new perspective. You explain your ideas so well and by doing so it makes me want to take your side. I would encourage you to make sure that your scentences are clear, for example, “So instead of showing kids actually mourning and being sad because of Hannah Baker’s death.” is incomplete. Overall I really enjoyed hearing your point of view and I look forward to reading your future posts.

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  5. Riyah H · May 20

    Hanny, you already know that I have a lot to say about this show and that I on the other hand really did love it. I love the point you bring up about how what people say and do to each other can have a great effect and that it is not okay to inflict pain upon others because you yourself are in pain. However I do believe that the tapes and the whole story was necessary to enhance the point on how we treat one another consciously or unconsciously can be of great impact and we learn this through the tapes, without them we wouldn’t explicitly know, but it is unfortunate that we need a TV show to realize what should be commonsense. As you do talk about underlying messages, it did have extremely important messages about the harsh realities of life, bullying but more importantly how rape is life ruining for the victim, unlike other shows e.g. 2 Broke Girls that joke about it, 13 Reasons Why focuses on the suffering of the victim. Your content is good and the post is strong as in terms of suicide and mental health they could have offered alternative ways of healing as critics have said it was glorifying suicide. I recommend that you do proofread for grammar, incomplete sentences and spelling “speicifcally.” This post was thought provoking and I do love discussing such concepts with you as you have strong insightful opinions. X

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  6. mikafoo · May 20

    Hi Hanny, sorry for this late comment… Your post is as always, thoughtful and candid. The major issue in this post is that it is written in the way you would speak orally, which makes certain parts difficult to read for us (particularly when we lose track of whether if you are talking about the show or the book). Nevertheless, your discussions around both the show and the book were both very intriguing and I think that I will read/watch “13 Reasons Why” over the summer. Thanks 🙂

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