I don’t really follow pop culture. Like, at all. Nowadays, I have more of a cursory knowledge of pop culture only because of the inescapable onslaught of media from Twitter, commercials, Facebook, I could go on and on. The reason I bring this up is that it’s always been a little weird to be on the outside looking in when it comes to pop culture and trends among the general American population. When you don’t follow popular trends, it always leads to awkward conversation. For example, the Grammy Award show. Everyone is talking about how Bruno Mars stole the Grammys winning so many (8?) awards. Outside of the Finesse Remix music video with Cardi B that went viral a few weeks ago, I literally know nothing about Bruno Mars’s music or his recent album that won him so many awards. So, when the inevitable conversation came up about the award show, I had nothing to contribute and awkward stares and silences dominated my input to the conversation.
Here’s another example: The Super Bowl is coming up and I have no idea who’s playing, or anything else outside of Justin Timberlake is doing the Halftime Show. My point is, is that the only reason I have an incredibly cursory knowledge of pop culture is because of what goes viral on the internet. And because it goes viral, it’s all people around me talk about, and thus I ingest a tiny bit of pop culture knowledge that’s hard to forget (like an earworm).
But to be completely honest, I consciously stopped keeping up with pop culture. It gradually began with not listening to the radio around the time I was 14, and then I slowly cut out going to the movies or watching the many, many tv programs that come out every year. By the time I was 20, I was totally out of touch (I’m 25 now).
And I don’t think I stopped due to apathy, but more of a fatigue that led to apathy. I got tired of listening to the same three songs over and over again on one station, only to switch to a new station and here the same songs (in a different order) over and over again. I got tired of reading magazines or tuning in to E! News to get the “latest dose of pop culture.” And I also just didn’t have the time or money to devote to catching up with popular movies or video games that came out.
But now I find myself wanting to find the time to watch certain movies or shows that are new, but not really finding the time to do it, and not really knowing what to watch (There are literally so many shows). I quite honestly find it overwhelming, that I kind of just turn off my Prime TV Stick and sort of gently phase it out of my mind.
Falling out of touch while awkward, also let me focus and appreciate the things I really do enjoy, like reading more, or watching tv shows that I can follow and look forward to watching every week. It even gave me time to do start a new hobby: learning French. Well, sort of (That’s a story for another time). So I guess that’s a silver lining of sorts.
P.S. If you do have any ideas of movies or tv shows I can watch (with a very light commitment), I do have Amazon Video, so I’m open to suggestions. Comment below, I’ll read them and give you an update if I try watching anything. 😀