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

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[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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