things pop culture ruined for me

Recently, I had to remove the word “tweak” from my vocabulary due to the surge in popularity of another word entirely.

You see, it looks like twerk.  If the word “twerk” is stuck in your head, it even kind of sounds like twerk.

I tried to include a picture of Miley Cyrus, I did. But I just couldn't.  Google twerk if you don't know and if this doesn't explain it. Or, you know. Just don't.
I tried to include a picture of Miley Cyrus, I did. But I just couldn’t. Google twerk if you don’t know and if this doesn’t explain it. Or, you know. Just don’t.

Tweak happens to be one of my favorite words, and its definition isn’t even mildly related to the concept of twerking– so I’m hoping this fad calms down enough that I can reclaim it.

This isn’t the first time pop culture has ruined something for me.

I’ll give you a five examples.

1. That is fifty shades of…

Another beloved expression of mine was “this is fifty shades of ______”. It could be applied to anything, really. Kids were fifty shades of sticky, cats were fifty shades of crazy, and my big sister was fifty shades of bossy.  Now it can’t be said without people thinking of the book, handcuffs, kinky sex, and fan fiction.

Oh Gaston!
Oh Gaston!

2. Vampires and zombies

To be honest, I doubt anything could completely ruin vampires and zombies for me, but pop culture has taken a pretty good stab at it in recent years.

Grawr!
Grawr!

At least I still have gargoyles…

3. Cooking Simple Things

Remember when you could just make a scrambled egg without anyone telling you that a famous chef says you’re an idiot?  It seems like simple foods are attacked the most.

He follows me around in my mind and tells me that if I make grilled cheese with an iron, I might as well just be eating my inner ear wax.
He follows me around in my mind and tells me that if I make grilled cheese with an iron, I might as well just be eating my inner ear wax.

4.  Twitters and Tweeting

I used to love to say that birds tweet and twitter.  No other words more accurately sum up the annoying sound they make early in the mornings.  Now I have to say “chirp”, but it sounds cute– thus making it inaccurate.

I don't know why they wake me up with violent sounds.  I hear gossip that they might be angry. Source: http://zero-lives.blogspot.com/2010/11/genus-aves-iratus-angry-birds.html
I don’t know why they wake me up with violent sounds. I hear gossip that suggest they might be angry.  Source: http://zero-lives.blogspot.com/2010/11/genus-aves-iratus-angry-birds.html

5.  Bewitched

I loved that show growing up.  I loved it so much that I even gave Will Ferrel a chance and went to go see it in theaters.   I was so disappointed that now I barely remember the charm of the original series.

Dave: Do you want to talk about what you didn't like about the movie? Me: No. A part of my childhood has died. Just let it rest in peace.
Dave: Do you want to talk about what you didn’t like about the movie?
Me: No. A part of my childhood has died. Just let it rest in peace.

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Has pop culture ever sucked the joy out of one of your favorite words, memories, or past times?  Do you share my pain in any of these?

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          1. You should see the state of those places in Africa… You take a week’s leave to get anything done. You take camping chairs and a gas barbeque, and coolbox with. And when you finally reach the counter, they shut the window, and go eat a box of KFC… it is teatime/lunch/teatime…

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            1. I wouldn’t survive it. I barely grocery shop because I have such a low tolerance for lines. I just itch to fix everything, and manage the people better– repair the forms, and sort the lines. Inefficiency kills me.

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              1. Then you would not last in Africa, nothing goes easily here… EVERY state department is inefficient around here, our school year starts in January, and most of this year’s text books have not arrived yet…

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  1. Giving Will Ferrel a chance was your first mistake. Miley Cyrus would’ve ruined Care Bears for me had I watched the video, fortunately I have managed to avoid that unfortunate fate so far.

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    1. 😀 The community of people who don’t like him is so small that I usually don’t even dare whisper critique for fear of having to suffer through quotes from Anchorman, or having to smile when someone lends me Elf.

      Miley Cyrus worried me when she was the dual-personalitied Hannah Montana… now she’s even more worrisome. Someone needs to take care of that little girl, pronto.

      Also, I love Care Bears!!

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      1. I usually can’t stand Will Ferrell. There are very few exceptions. I found Elf to be mildly charming. I liked him in the Jay and Silent Bob movie. I liked him in Stranger Than Fiction, but he wasn’t doing his usual schtick there.

        I’m the same way with Adam Sandler. I usually hate him in most movies, but I liked The Wedding Singer and Little Nicky.

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        1. I can handle Adam Sandler, because everyone knows he’s a goof– and he concurs– plus, he allows others to be spotlighted. It’s Will Ferrell’s attempts to turn any movie or show into the Will Ferrell show that annoy me. I liked him in Stranger than Fiction, but only because he played (for lack of a better phrase) a 2 dimensional cartoon character… which is precisely how I see him. I also liked him in Jay & Silent Bob, but I like everyone in Kevin Smith movies. Smith has the magical ability to make anyone charming.

          I love Christmas too much to see Elf. I’m afraid he’ll ruin Christmas for me. 😮 But, since we’re so on par in terms of movie tastes, I might give it a try. If it’s not horrifying, then at least it’s a nice gift to give my Will Ferrell loving friends. 🙂

          Janelle and Steven– do you two read each others blogs? If I had a blog roll, you guys would be both filed under “World traveling geeks who I adore” so you clearly will have tons in common. 😀

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            1. Well, I’m with you on Will Ferrell. I generally can’t stand him (and I can’t stand Adam Sandler even more). But Elf was very good, and I liked Anchorman okay, and I found Stranger Than Fiction enjoyable. (I think you’d be okay viewing Elf. It may be the one Ferrell movie I really like, and it really is cute… take it from a Ferrell detractor!)

              But Adam Sandler…. ugh, blech, yuck. He’s an infantile caa-caa, pee-pee ignoramus with a four-year-old mentality, and his having anything to do with a movie is almost a guaranteed “No Entry” sign for me. (For example, he only Produced The Benchwarmers, and it’s the one baseball movie so far I’ve really disliked. (And I didn’t realize he was associated with it until the final credits… that was an “Ah-ha!” moment!))

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  2. I only have two things to say – Wil Ferrel is a buffoon, not funny and a caricature so annoying I would rather listen to nails scraped along a blackboard. Second, and off topic a little – My sandals are thongs damnit! Not flip flops – thongs!

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    1. Woot! Is that how is named is spelled? I considered looking it up and then decided I didn’t care. Thongs are a great example! I remember when they were thongs, too! 🙂 Thanks for feelin’ my pain. 🙂

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  3. I had to look up twerk. I read the first third of the first book of the Twilight series, gagged, and gave it up. I hold my vampires to dear to deal with vampires sparkling in the sun. Oh REALLY. I have trouble remembering that twitter and tweet are not internet communication terms, so to speak. To me, a tweeter is the high range speaker, the one that isn’t a woofer and twittering is the sound the little birdies make, or a gaggle of adolescent girls. I refused to go anywhere NEAR fifty shades of grrrrr and I never ever ever watch cooking shows. No one bosses me around in the kitchen. Grrrr. After the fads are over, birds will still tweet and twitter, you can tweak you photograph or post or little sister’s earlobe 🙂

    I try not to let word fads get to me. They come and go and I try to retain my neutrality. It’s like buying classic (read: unfashionable) clothing. The stuff I wear was never IN style so it can never go out. My language tends to be fad neutral. It will never be “my bad,” I am a classic too and I still make mistakes! 🙂

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    1. I read twilight and 50 shades, though I wish I hadn’t. The poor choice in topics and plots paled in comparison to the poor writing. There’s something uncomfortable about vampire and sex books written at a 3rd grade level.

      Many of my friends are into the cooking channels, so even if I can keep the words out of my head, I still hear all about what Jamie and Gordon Ramsey and Anthony Bourdain have to say about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It seeps into your mind! 🙂

      I like the idea of being a classic! 😀 I’ll stick with that idea. 😀

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    1. I can see that. You can’t say you’re a fan of Don’t Stop Believing without someone asking if you’re a Glee fan, haha. 😀 Thanks for sharing your struggles with pop culture, too. 😀

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      1. Ugh. Don’t get me started on Glee. I loved A Capella music and cover songs before Glee was even a part of Ryan Murphy’s fever dreams. I have a recording of a college A Capella group doing Don’t Stop Believing from before Glee hit the airwaves, and it’s the exact same arrangement. Glee shamelessly lifts music from far more talented sources all the time.

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    1. Yep, there’s always an uncomfortable silence when I forget and say that something is 50 shades of awesome. It’s like everyone in the room knows that everyone else in the room is thinking about BDSM, but no one wants to point it out…. awwwwkward. 😀

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  4. the Miley Cyrus thing blinded me and I can no longer see to read–I am embarrassed for her, for me, for you, for the world — I cannot express what she did to dancing–though it really cannot be called that
    love the premise of your post–you are one clever girl and it got me thinking

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I love to know I got people thinking. 😀 This is one of those posts where the comment section is way better than the post! Haha! 😀

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  5. In Ireland if we go to a good party or night out we say we had great “craic”. A person also can be great “craic”. It is used in everyday language. Outside of Ireland we have had to drop it, but no english word comes close.

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          1. Oh we do still use it, sometimes wickedly knowing we are being misunderstood. The fun thing is that when Americans travel here to Ireland they love using the word as we do. Their favorite is definitely “Oh we had great craic last night”. 🙂

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  6. Any song covered by Glee or similar shows. Also, any book picked up by the Oprah Book Club when that was around. Did it encourage people to read? Yes, and that is good, but if you read The Road way before she recommended it, you were out of luck when it came to talking to anyone about it.

    Ack. Now I sound like a hipster “I knew them before it was cool” type. Does this mean I am young or old?

    The Fifty Shades books were worth reading for the mockery alone, but same thing. It’s like wearing an tacky holiday sweater; people who know you know you are having fun and being goofy, it’s the ones that LOVE the sweater and want to know where you got it that mess it up for you.

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    1. The Oprah book club pretty much made me insane. I was so glad when it stopped being the popular go-to reference for readers. I read all the 50 shades books and they really didn’t bother me. I’ve read books that were written worse. I also don’t have the same qualms about sex that others do, so I was less astonished. It wasn’t a masterpiece, and I would never read them again or recommend them… but I’ve read worse.

      Mostly though, I’m just grumpy that she hijacked my expression! 🙂

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    1. It was the foam finger that really weirded me out. I’ve seen grandmas twerk, politely of course, so I’m not as against the dance as others… though really Miley was humping, not twerking… it’s different. 😀

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    1. Same! I rarely notice that something new is happening in the world till someone snickers or corrects me. La! Oh well. I’m happy in my own little world. 😉

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  7. Very fun post. This is an oldie, but I’ve read a lot of writing/craft books over the last couple of years, and every time I see someone describe writing as craft, I think of the movie The Craft and Neve Campbell, and I can’t be serious when I say it.

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  8. Gasp! Your posts are so eccentric and unique that I find it hard to believe that you are aware of pop culture. You are beyond that, my friend. As for the popularity surrounding the word ‘twerk’ or the act of ‘twerking’, it doesn’t really have an effect on me because, although I know what it means and my eyes have been figuratively burned with its shameless jiggling and bending, my brain doesn’t seem to acknowledge it at its full. It’s like when you feel there is something or someone behind you, but when you turn around there’s nothing, so you just brush it off and carry on with your life. So, it doesn’t really bother me as much as the fact that I can’t think of a good reason to back up Miley and the path she has taken, or why when she does it it’s exploitative and terrible but when, say, Rihanna does it, well… nothing to do here.

    On the other hand, I actually enjoy watching cooking shows, mainly because I love cooking and nutrition. I find recipes and the science of baking very interesting. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t eat blowfish poison sauce with a side of piranha just because Anthony Bourdain said it was outstanding and that we should all try it (although I would definitely change my eating habits because of something Jamie Oliver said. Well, not really. But he’s just so likeable), but cooking is fun and it doesn’t feel like someone’s bossing me around when it’s actually OTHER people being bossed around. It feels like I’m humbly learning something new (vicariously through other people, anyway). I like order and structure and I think a few rules here and there won’t hurt me, especially if I can break them later. Also, a little competition is always fun. I like to believe that these shows actually add something to the participants. The growth they experience as humans and professionals is priceless (although that comes at the expense of not knowing whether or not at some point they’re going to be publicly humiliated by a fellow human being that apparently has the right to do so because they are though to be better than everyone else).

    It’s nice to know you live in this time and era, though. Your posts always take me somewhere remote. It’s like you live in another planet (in a good way). Sorry for the long comment! This post was just too much fun 🙂

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    1. Haha, I so rarely am! It takes me so long to catch up to pop culture that it’s not even funny. Twilight was already a movie before I understood what everyone was talking about in regards to sparkles. As far as Miley, I think for me it just comes down to the fact that she’s crying out– and whatever our response to it is, disgust or hyper-awareness– we all hear it. It’s in the desperation/fear. Her dance was no more frightening than some of the other nonsense we’ve witnessed in music history, but it’s her sadness that gets to me. I feel like we saw it with Brittney, too… and no one took care of her till she crashed and burned.

      I have equal emotional angst over weight loss and food shows, just because I dislike when someone tells someone else that they’re useless. You can get things done without being mean, and you can be honest without being hurtful… I really believe that even though it makes me sound like a Disney PSA.

      Glad you loved the post! And no worries on the length of the comment, it was lovely! 😀

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  9. “Blurred lines” is now forever ruined for me. Stupid Robin whateverhisnameis for his sexist, moronic, rape song…not that I’m passionate about it or anything.

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    1. I just remember being slightly frightened by zombies. Now they’re basically jokes… a good joke, but that era of “yikes, not a zombie movie tonight!” is gone…

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  10. I have to chime in and say that Kitchen Nightmares ruined eating out almost anywhere. I now gauge whether or not I will eat somewhere by whether or not I am likely to see it on Kitchen Nightmares. I also hate the movie Grease and seeing Robin Thicke ruined most his songs for me. I have to pretend someone else is singing them.

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    1. Haha, oh no… I’m so glad I haven’t seen that show, then. I’m paranoid enough about kitchens without that fear being fed by reality tv.

      I’ve had that happen before with music– I have this image of the singer, and the reality is just … too bizarre!

      Great additions, thanks. 😀

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  11. Commercials and music is the one for me:

    Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross? Now I hear a woman having an orgasm over slightly-better-than-average ready meals (‘This isn’t just food…this is M&S food!)

    London’s Calling by The Clash? Now I see a BA plane driving round Westminster and other parts of London causing all sorts of traffic flow problems to boot.

    The Only Ones’ Another Girl, Another Planet? Vodaphone

    Revolution by The Beatles used to flog Nikes – what is this ‘self-awareness of which you speak?’

    Style of thing.

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    1. Aww, I love Anne Rice vampires. I’m pretty much anti vampires in the sunlight. 😀 I’m sorry if I was the reason you looked up twerking… 😉 Twerking by itself is not so bad… what Miley did was something a little different… 🙂

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  12. Martha Quin on watching the VMAs
    Rough quote: “It felt like going back to the house you grew up in and seeing that someone had knocked down the chimney you built by hand with your dad, drained the pool, and let the lawn die. The house that U2, the Police, and Michael built has been destroyed by too much twerking.”
    Didn’t know what it was at the time, but I agree after watching the video.
    Your post reminds me of a Bono quote (guess i’m in an 80s mood): “This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles. We’re stealing it back.”
    Steal it back,Rara. {{{hugs}}} kozo

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  13. I have no problem with twerking; I’ve been watching the videos for years. But what Ms. Cyrus did was not twerking and the thought that whatever that was that she did is now being considered twerking is offensive. What pop culture has ruined for me is poetry. When I tell people I write poetry I am automatically assumed to be a slam poet. I like slam poetry but that is not what I do. I am tired of the soundtrack of my life being used to shill products. I am so sick of hip hop being synonymous with the likes of Drake and Nikki. I absolutely am livid at the fact that fedoras, actually all varieties of hats, have become a part of the hipster uniform. It makes me cringe when I see Converse Allstars selling for over $40 bucks because society has decided they are cool again.

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    1. I *much* prefer being considered a slam poet, than a love-lorn wimpy poet. I’m not a slam poet, but I’m not a wimp either.

      Hats! You’re so right. Hipsters have ruined hats.

      And $40 for Converse?! Every time I see that, I think it’s a typo.

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      1. I am no lovelorn wimpy poet either and those seem to be the only categorizations that people come up with. I tell them that I am a Life poet. I just don’t have the stamina to maintain the rhythm or emotion required of a Slam poet. Plus I’m old.

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    1. 😀 You’re welcome, haha… I just knew I’d never want to return to the post if I used a picture of her tongue. 🙂 I am glad to know others share in my pain!

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  14. Great post. I agree with you 100%. Great expressions ruined forever! My daughter and her friend showed me some “twerking”. It was so funny and silly fun, but that was a month ago long before I had the feeling I wanted to poke my eyes out with a stick (after burning my latex granny panties). Add the word “Vintage” to the list. Anything more than 10 years old is now called vintage and retro. My old party dresses, my dog, my husband, my teenage daughter…all are vintage now, which I guess makes me the next new trend “positively ancient.”

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    1. Haha! It’s true. Someone recently called George Clooney batman “old school batman”… and I was thinking, “um, no, old school batman wore bright blue.” Old school, vintage, retro– and any other instagram filter names 😉 — are used willy nilly now!

      Twerking isn’t awful by nature. Grannies do it in some cultures. Cyrus was just over the top. I mean, she sexualized a foam finger– those aren’t awful by nature either. 🙂

      Thanks for your thoughts!!

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  15. Edward Cullen could never ruin Buffy and the Spike/Love triangle for me…..(even though I secretly adore Edward Cullen in all his sullen, sparkly glory….)

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    1. The love triangle was pretty awesome– I went through so many emotional ups and downs with that, haha! 😀 (As far as Cullen…That’s alright, I love you anyway. 😉 *hugs* )

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  16. I tend to be pretty accepting of new things. I think it helps me stay current so that I’m not forever trapped in a particular decade. My mother was trapped in the 1970s–clothes, hair style, and use of the word ‘fox’. I was disappointed in the reboot of Total Recall. It’s not Total Recall without a trip to Mars. I love the new Star Trek franchise. Nothing wrong with a little eye candy! 😉

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    1. 😀 I think we’ve had similar conversations before… I’m much more stuck in place when it comes to change. Mostly this post was less about change and more about how a cultural paradigm shifts without me noticing… and I trudge forward with my old understanding until someone corrects me.

      I like the new Star Trek, too– overall. I wish it had the depth of the old Star Trek… but at least it captured the charm. 😀

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  17. I’m with you on the tweak/twerk one. Movie remakes (and some music Movie remakes (and some music remakes) ruin the originals for me. (I don’t think I can even give the Dirty Dancing remake a chance.) Oh, and putting 80s music in commercials. Don’t do that. It bugs me when a song comes on the radio and my kids can tell me what commercial it’s from. I’m thinking, “No, no, NO! That’s the song I was listening to when JF called to ask me out on a date” The commercials cheapen the memory. (Dramatic, much? :razz:)

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    1. Haha, yep, music in commercials is a big one. Dave was distraught when that “You say he’s just a friend…” song became a commercial because it reminds him of an era, not car insurance. 🙂 It’s perfectly normal, I think, to be upset about it, 😀

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  18. Nope, pop culture hasn’t really done in any of my favorite sayings… perhaps that’s because most of my favorite sayings are movie quotes? Perhaps… Who knows such things? (Only the Oracle.)
    Laughed out loud at the “Oh Gaston” comment. The Queen adores Beauty and the Beast and we watch it anytime it comes on TV no matter where we are or what time it is.

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    1. Yayyyy! I’m the same with Beauty and the Beast, so the Queen and I have a little something more in common, 🙂 One of my favorite birthday presents was a glass rose that spun around and played the song– lovely!

      Having all your favorite sayings come from the movies is a good idea… of course, it still doesn’t keep you safe from the replacing of innocuous words like “milkshake” or “candy shop” or “poker face”…

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      1. True. But, it does keep “bing bang boom popcorn” safe for me… (Grosse Pointe Blank), and “life is like a box of chocolates” (Forrest Gump) and …

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  19. You made my day. My husband I were just having this very conversation. Once thought I was a very good cook, but Iron Chef makes me feel so very inadequate now. I am still trying to figure what to do with all of these VHS tapes. I am appalled that the word, “funner” is
    now an acceptable word in the dictionary, as well as “srsly” for seriously…are you kidding me?

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    1. Funner is acceptable??! That’s crazy. I’d squish my siblings and godchildren for trying to claim “funner” as a real word. 🙂 Let alone “srsly”… that’s not even a word!! 🙂

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  20. It’s because of pop culture that I can’t enjoy some jokes as much as I should. This is mainly because I know so little of it and don’t get half the pop culture references.

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    1. That happens to me allllll the time. I swear I didn’t know who the Kardashians were until a year into their fame. Suddenly, all the jokes I heard that year made sense.

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      1. I’ve already learned to pick up some common references, re-create the reality from these jokes, and then make my own jokes with references to that derived reality. That worked with Kardashians or Tim Tebow (I still haven’t seen a second of the Kardashian show), but I’m still probably missing a ton of more obscure references, without even knowing there are references.

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        1. I wasn’t dedicated enough to the cause to watch their show, but I did read a few gossip articles. One wants a baby, one has one, there’s more than 2 and less than 17, something about butts and screaming “Bible!”. I guess I do the same thing as you, haha… re-created reality. 😀

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          1. Your reality is much more detailed than mine: three sisters whose initials make up KKK, sex tape, lavish wedding, quick divorce, TV show, Kanye, North West (or South West, I’m not good with directions).

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            1. I didn’t make the NorthWest connection with them! I had North West connected to Kanye who Obama called an ass, and who made Taylor Swift sad but I don’t care because Michael J Fox doesn’t want her dating his son? I guess I didn’t think about who the mama was. I think between us we might be able to build Hollywood from the inside out with gossip and poor reasoning…

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              1. I guess between us we could restore Hollywood, if it gets smashed by an asteroid or volcano. But wait, Michael J Fox has an adult son? But he’s just a teenager… oh wait, I’m thinking of 1985’s Back to the Future.
                “NorthWest connection” – that sounds like a reference I’m not getting.

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  21. I was so into vampire novels and movies in my youth that I was already burnt out on them by the time Buffy showed up. Years after the fact I finally gave her a chance and realized this was different. I was enthralled and back on board all the way through Angel‘s swan song.

    Now I’m back to being burnt out on vampires again. Zombies are barreling in that direction, too.

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    1. Same! 🙂 I didn’t watch Buffy till years after it finished because I started with Ann Rice and burnt out on all the others. When I was sucked into Buffy, I stayed for Angel… and even gave these new shows a chance… but now it’s just so tired. I’m ready for another temporary break up. 🙂

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  22. Reblogged this on The World According to Me… and commented:
    Another great thread from Rarasaur here, always so thought-provoking, at times just provocative…
    I get where Rara is coming from with this and my thoughts since she posted it the other day were that perhaps she is being just a little precious over this…I mean, if something is precious to us, then we should still be able to hold it close…right?
    Then I woke this morning, considered the issue again and the first thing that leaps into my head was Jar-Jar Binks (I hope you didn’t arrange that just for me, Rara, because it wasn’t a very fun experience…) and all of a sudden, I got it…
    While I think that the original Star Wars trology started its downhill slide when the Muppets took over Return of the Jedi (and Palpatine thought he had problems) and then the revisionism of the 20th and 25th Anniversary releases (yes, I am on gain about Han shooting first!) but the following prequel trilogy just leaves me COLD. The one anchor of my faith in the Star Wars Universe is the theatrical release of Star Wars that George Lucas grudgingly included on the 25th Anniversary release DVD – even though he spitefully refused to remaster this version it remains the same awe-inspiring epic that first wowed me in January 1978. And, just for the record, I have great hopes for the Disney/Abrams epics in this universe planed for first release in 2015…
    The other modern take on an old classic that leaves me shivering is the last few seasons of Dr Who, specifically the Matt Smith regime of weirdness. The original BBC black and white Doctor series used to terrify me as a child because it was a. really scary, b. had a diverse range of monsters, and c. it had lots of cliff hangers (each story would typically run over 4-6 30 minute episodes – At one a week the terror could be drawn out to the nth degree…now the Doctors all about love, fish fingers and custard (an offence against humanity in its own right), and Daleks, Daleks and more bloody Daleks – what part of extinct don’t you guys get???? And it’s all driven my how much the Beeb executives thinkt hat tehy can squeeze out of the franchise as opposed to any desire to actually rethink or revitalise it for this century…
    So little Sunday morning rant over…Rara again drives her point home when I open my mind a little…

    PS. I love both BSGs even if the 21st century version does ramble on a bit at times…

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  23. Pop culture can definitely leave a bad taste in the mouth. The disrespect it shows for previous culture (pop or otherwise) can be really annoying if you let it get to you. (I was really pissed about the first “Mission: Impossible” movie!) But it’s ephemeral as a mayfly and deep as an oil sheen. Admire the meteorite trails while they last and don’t take them too seriously; others will be along soon enough.

    Zombies and Vampires have certainly captured the popular eye, and pretty clearly Sturgeon’s Law applies. I’ve managed to remain almost utterly ignorant of the whole Twilight thing. Anne Rice and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro did it so much better (and for adults). Yarbro did the sexy Vampire thing… well, like I said, for adults!

    (BTW: Two of my dogs were named Samantha in part due to my young crush on Elizabeth Mongomery. You can try doing what I’ve had to do wrt the “M:I” movies: understand they coincidentally bear the name of a beloved source material without actually having any connection to it whatsoever. And now I have to do that with Star Trek, since friggin’ J.J.Abrams totally ruined it for me.)

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  24. Hmm…I can’t remember any…but then again wasn’t really a pop culture sorta person..hehe.
    I did miss read the word tweak as twerk in your post though!! O.O

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    1. Haha! When I said “tweak” at the DMV and the person behind me snickered. It took me awhile to figure out why… and that’s when I thought about this whole post. 😀

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      1. Sometimes I feel blogging actually could help us become more aware of what happens in our lives because it’s constantly making us “look” for new material! Well…I guess that goes for writers, artists and stand up comedians too…

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  25. Oh yes, pop culture has ruined the innocence I once took for granted. I use words and now they mean different things–naughty things. Example. Huffing (as in huffing and puffing and blowing your house down). Well, there’s so many drug-related words in that sentence, I’m ashamed to say! And the shows I used to watch are all remade and sexed up. Why? Life wasn’t perfect in the 1950s and 60s, but there is a permissiveness ad cynicism today that is ugly.

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    1. Haha! I never thought about that– most drug and sex related words meant innocent things at some point. 🙂 The sexing up of shows is also quite disappointing… I’m a fan of the Jimmy Stewart era of movies, and whenever something is re-done… countless more sex is added in. It doesn’t ever seem to add value, either!

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  26. One of the articles I wrote on Examiner talks about a lot of what you and others mention in the comments regarding Miley Cyrus and a cry for help. I really don’t understand why the Entertainment Industry isn’t subject to child labor laws, and Cyrus herself apparently just did an interview literally stating she’s really f*cked up from her childhood because of all the pressure.

    I can understand the Ferrell dislike, but I have to ask if you’ve ever seen Stranger than Fiction? Some of his lesser known movies, the ones that aren’t slapstick or childhood mangling, are pretty good.

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    1. 🙂 I have seen Stranger than Fiction, and I really liked it– but I think it’s only because he played a one dimensional puppet of a character, which suited him.

      Thanks for popping by and reading, April! (Also, since I don’t know if I said it before– congrats on the Examiner publications!! 😀 )

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  27. I was on a flight a few years ago, and there were six women within 5 rows of my seat very openly and obviously reading 50 Shades of the color that must not be named. I don’t know if I ever had any preconceptions about the innocence of strangers, or of people on planes, but I knew the moment they were gone.

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