Once upon a time, the three act structure was a useful construct. It provided security and stability. However, it is time to move beyond it. It seems to me that the three acts structure contributes to the overall level of social anxiety.
The three act structure narrative is an unreasonable and unreal construct because it always resolves all problems, and, in most cases, offers happy solutions. The problem is most people do not realize that it is an unreasonable and unreal construct. It is precisely because so many do not realize it that it creates the opposite effects within them.
People watch movies, series, documentaries, reality shows, and so on and feel inadequate. They are not aware of it. They could not articulate it. However, the resolved three act structure affects their minds and they feel unhappy about their own lives, their abilities, their place in the world. It’s an unconscious fear. An anxiety. Audiences celebrate others. They laugh. They perceive their own external actions as happy. They see a movie or a TV show and they are happy about it. But the mind is an extremely complicated construct. They remain unaware of how the individual stories they view as well as the shared narrative structure shapes their minds, behaviours and expectations. They suppress the feeling of inadequacy it creates within them and go on.
In fact it seems to me that ‘reality TV’ and platforms like YouTube are a desperate attempt to provide the masses with an opportunity to experience ‘fame’ and a small, a very, very small ‘fortune’. Unfortunately, the solution does not address the true source of the problem: the ego and its role in one’s perception of his or her true and complete self.
The message coming from the digital mainstream realm is simple. Everybody can be rich, famous, beautiful, and so on.
Needless to say, it’s a delusion.
An insidious delusion which turns us, people, against one another, and, more importantly, individuals against themselves.