"Gaydom?" Really?Buffy didn't deal with any issues that anyone was dealing with. Unless you count Willow's escapades through gaydom and I'm fairly certain that the 70s beat Buffy by a mile.
You do realize you're on a site dedicated to a japanese comic book and that every single person here is a geek or nerd to some degree, right?No one with a life talked about the latest episode of Buffy around the water cooler.
And that you're sporting an avatar of a nearly naked sweaty man based on your love of a franchise that you clearly think important and want to talk about?
All the time. It was incredibly reflective of the 90's, life in school in general, and influenced the tone of many things that came afterward. Nearly every episode of the first several seasons was a common problem many teens faced, exaggerated into a monster of the day. And yes, it did touch upon gay and lesbian issues, and presented them in an incredibly positive light with a very likeable character. (Censors wouldn't let Willow and Tara even kiss for nearly a year. While full blown straight sex was just fine.) Added in with the strong female leads and it had a lot of effect on how mainstream entertainment can deal with those sorts of things. Along with Xena and Ellen Degeneres, there was a time not all that long ago where it really WAS impossible to have a lesbian on tv, or a gay man that wasn't an outrageous stereotype.The show never brought up any issues in society and it never commented on the times we lived in.
It tapped into all of them regularly.If you look at everything you listed and if you look at Buffy, you would find that the show didn't tap into any of these things.
Pop culture and influence, and long term relevence to society as a whole are completely different things. If you're going to be that extreme, nothing on television ever has contributed to anything, aside from Star Trek inspiring a generation to grow up and make cell phones.You sort of proved my point with M*A*S*H*. In order for something to be culturally relevant it has to hit all those points. Saying that Buffy is culturally relevant is like saying Harry Potter is culturally relevant. They're popular yes. Insanely yes. But they're not relevant.
Well yeah. The entire medium is only a little older than 50 years. Most entertainment ages badly in the course of a century. I Love Lucy, and the Honeymooners are probably the only things you can point to from 50 years ago that anyone remembers. All in the Family and MASH might have footnotes in the year 2062 as having has a little impact on society of the past, but they're not going to vibe with the times at all by then when they're 80 year old shows.If history or communication students 50 years from now need to look at popular media that captured eras, defined generations, addressed real issues, was culturally relevant, no one is going to look up Buffy except the D students.
JFK was shot 50 years ago. And we walked on the moon. But does anyone born in the last 30 years care at all beyond historical significance?