Is Pop Culture really still Popular?
By which I mean does a majority of our population actually follow Pop culture?
For my own part, not really. What TV I watch are shows I’ve recorded on a DVR for viewing when my schedule allows. Movies? Four over the last two years and perhaps another four in the two years before that. TV News? Nope. Sports? Not in the last 20+ years.
Part of this was a deliberate boycott of Hollyweird after the unearned Oscar for algore, but I find I have not missed any of the above, and have found no reason to plug back in.
And it seems I’m not alone in this:
Confessions of a Cultural Drop-out
By Victor Davis Hanson
Works and Days Pajamas Media
I have some confessions to make, not because any of you readers are particularly interested in my views; but rather because I think some of you are in the same boat: Have you stopped reading, listening, watching, and paying attention to most of what now passes for establishment public or popular culture? I am not particularly proud of this quietism (many Athenians did it in the early 4th century BC and Romans by the late 3rd AD), but not really ashamed of it either.
Indeed. There’s been precious little from any of those sources which has spoken to me or for me in years, and in some cases decades.
The Thin Veneer
A final, odd observation. As I have dropped out of contemporary American culture and retreated inside some sort of 1950s time-warp, in a strange fashion of compensation for non-participation , I have tried to remain more engaged than ever in the country’s political and military crises, which are acute and growing. One’s distancing from the popular culture of movies, TV, newspapers, and establishment culture makes one perhaps wish to overcompensate in other directions, from the trivial to the important.
Indeed. The pop culture and MSM are doing execrable jobs when it comes to reporting and contextualizing the the important while hyping the trivial.