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[User Picture]From: mickeysacks Date: November 22nd, 2006 - 06:30 pm (Link)
so... I've never seen Pammy naked. but really only through a true lack of desire to do so. I have always known that with a simple internet search I could remedy that situation. but my opinion on it has always been more "meh. why bother?" she's just not my type.

as for pop culture... I don't watch tv. because my roommate and I don't want to pay for cable. Tho' actually what I don't watch is current tv, because I have netflix and will get dvds of tv shows, I'm just at least a season behind. The plus there being I don't have to watch commercials and I can watch only the shows that have already shown themselves to be of high quality and interest to me (most recently it's been Lost and Battlestar Galactica). The downside is having to make at least a small effort to not hear what's going on in the current season that's on the air if I want any element of surprise. I kinda split the difference with that...I don't tend to read the pop-culture magazines (I used to subscribe to EW) but I don't get pissed if people are discussing the shows while I'm around. Usually by the time I'll get around to seeing the season they're talking about Ill have forgotten most of the details anyways.

But I don't think I'm better than anyone because I don't watch TV. And I don't really end up avoiding pop culture anyways. It still permeates everything and the fact that I don't go out of my way to investigate what happened on "Dancing with the Stars" doesn't mean I don't know what it is (or often who won last week). People talk, magazine covers get seen at the grocery store checkout, radio ads are everywhere... if it falls into "Pop Culture" it's because it's Popular and thus many people are interested and aware and advertising it intentionally or unintentionally. I don't know if or how that makes it important per se, but it certainly shapes our society to a degree that it can't be entirely ignored and thought of as ultimately pointless.

that's my $.02
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 23rd, 2006 - 02:08 pm (Link)
yeah, that doesn't count as not watching TV. And it doesn't count as pop culture ignorance. Perhaps it counts as limited exposure, but the point is you're at least aware. You know there was a show called dancing with the stars, you know the basic concept, and you even know who won. I imagine you were aware the Superbowl last year and knew who was playing in it. That sorrt of thing.

Like I said, I'm not saying everyone should be an addict, I just think there's a minimum amount of exposure people need to be able to speak with other people at all.

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