Giving Thanks, Pop Culture Style
Since it’s Thanksgiving this week, I’d like to give thanks for a few pop culture-related things that made me happy this year.
Reinventing My Must-See TV
In the past few seasons, watching The Office felt awkward and tedious, like a homework assignment. The current season is just plain uncomfortable–it makes me look away from the screen with the same aggrieved desperation I watch horror movies. So this fall I gave up The Office in exchange for Community, and I couldn’t be happier and more entertained.
Also hooray for the return of Parks and Recreation to its old Thursday time slot, without replacing Outsourced on NBC’s schedule. Yes, the person who wrote this post is also sorta thankful for Outsourced. For all of its flaws, the fact that it has an audience could lead to more shows with diverse casts on network television.
Emmy Recognition for Friday Night Lights
Its embarrassing to admit, but tears came to my eyes when I heard Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton’s names announced as Emmy nominees in June. They are just that freaking good. Here’s hoping at least one of them gives an awards show acceptance speech before Friday Night Lights ends next year.
The following podcasts keep me me great company during work hours: NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, 50 Great Voices and All Songs Considered, and Hitfix’s Firewall & Iceberg. Entertaining and often educational!
Being Spoiler Free
I’m tempting fate here, but I haven’t seen Toy Story 3 yet, and still haven’t been spoiled in any way regarding what seems like 2010’s most beloved film.(I’ll get to it eventually. It’s #1 with a bullet in the Netflix queue.) Also, I saw Inception right when it came out, and was able to enjoy the movie since I didn’t know a single thing about it beforehand, including [irony, SPOILER!] this.
Being Born Before 1980
This New York Times article about how kids’ brains are changing due to technology freaked me out. Specifically, the idea that this generation’s teens find books boring because they lack the instant gratification of YouTube.
Call me an old fuddy duddy (especially since I used the term “fuddy duddy”), but I’m glad I came of age at the time I did, so I was able to grow up with a love and appreciation for books and reading. Not to mention that I still value the English language enough to compose text messages in complete sentences, rather than using letters and numbers in place of words.
I Fry Mine in Butter
What are you giving thanks for this year, pop culture or otherwise?