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11:29 pm - on not watching tv...

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[User Picture]From: zombie_hime Date: November 22nd, 2006 - 08:16 pm (Link)
I do pick up on some of the pop culture headlines, if they happen to come up on a teaser for the news, or if a coworker or friend mentions it, or if I scan the Google news headlines. I knew about the Britney Spears thing because it came up on the one occasion lately when my iPod battery died and I turned on the radio while commuting. I didn't know about the OJ book until you posted about it. No clue about the Madonna thing until reading your comments. I knew about Steve Irwin's death because my mom called me to tell me. I try to keep up with major world news (like, say, September 11th), and sometimes picking up tidbits of pop culture is inevitable. But I don't seek it out.

Mostly, I just don't care if I don't relate to society at large, so I guess it doesn't bother me. I've never felt like I've fit in with society at large, and that's fine... I'm quite happy to do my thing and let them do theirs. I have the things that I'm interested in, and generally I share at least a few of those interests with the people I spend time with, so it doesn't matter much if I'm not conversant on large swaths of popular culture.
[User Picture]From: zombie_hime Date: November 22nd, 2006 - 08:19 pm (Link)
(I'll also note that, despite being a technogeek, I didn't know that the PS3 was out until after the fact, nor had I heard of the Microsoft Zune until this past weekend when drfell brought it up.)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 23rd, 2006 - 02:03 pm (Link)
See, I find that fascinating. I'd think that with that level of separation youd feel kind of shut off, but I know for a fact that you aren't. Btw, I'd consider video games and other geek culture as pop culture as well. I'm not talking specifically tv or music or anything. But you pointed out that you were unaware of the console launches last weekend.

So it really doesn't bother you at all if you go to get some coffee at work and everyone is always talking about the X and you have no idea what X is?
[User Picture]From: zombie_hime Date: November 24th, 2006 - 02:40 am (Link)
Much as I love video games, the computer game I've been playing lately is Jagged Alliance 2... which came out in 1999. I do have a game or two that were released this year, but they failed to hold my attention for long, so I'm happy to reach for an old classic. So I don't even manage to keep up with the current popular stuff in fields that I *am* interested in.

And nope, it really doesn't bother me at all. The majority of conversations that go on around me -- with work colleagues or with friends -- don't get around to pop culture topics much. The rare times when it does come up, I either listen politely and comment when it's appropriate, or they know me well enough to start the conversation with, "Do you know what The X is?/Do you know who Person Y is?" If yes, they tell their story. If no, they preface it with a sentence or two of background. Most people are very happy to talk, so nobody seems to mind if spend more time listening than talking when topics aren't things that I keep up with.

Really, I feel more shut off when I'm around drfell and a couple of our other medically-inclined friends... when I'm in the company of EMTs and medics and the topics are exclusively firehouse gossip and news, and medical jargon that leaves me completely clueless, that's a lot harder to keep up with. Pop culture doesn't usually take any kind of deep understanding, so it's easy to figure out what's going on in a couple of sentences, even if I don't start out knowing anything about the people or the subject.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 29th, 2006 - 04:49 am (Link)
makes sense... thank you for the indepth explanation.

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