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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 22nd, 2006 - 03:18 pm (Link)
Entertainment Weekly is in fact a magazine. I don't read it anymore. But I used to. I'm not arguing that anyone should. More that, it is important to maintain that bare minimum knowledge that you are referring to. I mean, sure, you wouldn't keep abreast of it if not for the need to converse with people, but when a conversation breaks out like the one at Bryon's the other day, its nice to be able to be involved, right? It makes far better sense than just having a random understanding of the finer points of bass fishing. Unless of course you enjoy bass fishing. But since its unlikely to come up, if you don't enjoy it, why waste your time. But the essence of pop culture is that celebrities and media are a reflection of our society, and as such a base understanding is more likely to serve your daily social development and intercourse.

At least that's my feeling.
[User Picture]From: sonbanon Date: November 22nd, 2006 - 03:37 pm (Link)
I'm not sure I'd call celebrities a reflection of our society... I am more of the stance that life imitates art. But maybe they do reflect back and forth forever?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 22nd, 2006 - 03:46 pm (Link)
yes, they are a constant feedback loop. The media influences culture, but the culture creates the media. Marilyn Monroe could never had been a star in 2006, and Paris Hilton couldn't have been one in 1956. They are two completely diffferent worlds. It's kinda like you were talking about the Bond movies before and slapping women. The answer is simple. It was 60s. It was ok to slap a woman. Especially if she were hysterical. It was also ok to have a brandy to warm you up before you went for a drive on a snowy night. And if you went to the hospital and found out you had consumption, they'd give you a cigarette to calm you down.
[User Picture]From: sonbanon Date: November 22nd, 2006 - 04:53 pm (Link)
The last point was just bad science, not the media, but I don't disagree with what you are saying. Even throughout my James Bond post I got it. And right, what was ok in the 60s isn't today... but I don't choose to support it today.

Anyway, back to your original questions: you had asked how important pop culture was to me and it's pretty low on my list of priorities. You've mentioned it's pretty important to you. So I'll ask you a few questions: how important? Where does it fall in the spectrum of everything you do (i.e., you'd rather watch TV than spend time with your family)? Give me a breakdown of how you spend your time, x hours doing this, x this, etc. I'm honestly curious just how you fit in all this pop culture :)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 22nd, 2006 - 06:09 pm (Link)
Sure it's bad science. My point was that the fact that people did those things all the time is what made people put them in the movies. It was a sign of the times. Paris Hilton is famous today because she is an archetypal representative of of a cultural ideal that is popular right now. A carefree, bisexual, promiscuous party girl with more money than God. Like Pam and Marylin before her, she is basically a fairy tale princess come to life. In a different time, she'd just be a no talent slutty spoiled brat, but given where our world is today, instead she's nigh royalty. Understanding Paris helps us understand the world, and vice versa.

As for how I view pop culture. Yeah, its quite important to me, because I really do believe there's no better way to understand the world than understanding its artifacts. Cultural theory is basically archeology. in my pipe dreams, some day I get to leave all of this IT work behind and return to school and do pop culture research professionally. So yeah, its pretty important. Will I put watching TV over spedning time with Steph? No, but I wouldn't put much of anything above that. But its not like I am constantly in the space of having to choose. I just make sure I have time to do all the other things I do as well. For one thing, as you said, I can multitask. There are plenty of TV shows that Steph and I watch together, and the others I watch while she's not around. On top of that, I can do other things at the same time. I frequently read, or work on my computer while watching TV. Most TV doesn't take my full attention to absorb. If its something I really want to see, then I'll devote my full attention to it, but I can easily do other things and kind of passively absorb what's on the tube. Similarly, I listen to satellite radio the entire time I'm at work. It doesn't slow me down, and in fact, I find it hard to concentrate when its too quiet.

Also, I don't really sleep. Not very much anyway. It's extremely rare that I go to bed before midnight, and frequently I'm up til about 3am or later. That gives me plenty of free time and seeing as how there's no one else up to socialize with at those hours, the TV can be your best friend.

I have no idea what the hourly breakdown would be. It varies from day to day.

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