Is there a cultural phenomenon that you are missing out on? Are you, like me, one of the few who are not watching Downton Abbey at the moment? Or maybe you don’t buy into the whole X-Factor juggernaut? Or how about something a little more edgy, like the hyped up 50 Shades of Grey?
Are you in, or are you out?
If you’re out, do you feel like you’re missing out on something?
Sometimes, the hype-machine goes into overdrive and it’s hard to know whether something is genuinely worth getting into or whether it is doing a good job of bullying people into watching/reading it.
If you’re in, do you feel the hype and the “water-cooler” gossip is a genuine endorsement or is just that – hype?
When I think about it there are quite a few cultural phenomenons that I haven’t got involved in:
- James Bond – I have never EVER seen a James Bond film. Never. I’ve listened to the music, I’ve fallen for the leading men (Daniel Craig….phwoar!!), I’ve a fair idea of who’s the baddies and who’s the goodies, but I have never seen more than about 10 seconds of a James Bond film in my life. Do I feel like I’ve missed out on anything? No. Not at all. Well…maybe only the sight of Daniel Craig’s naked chest, but hey, what’s Google images for if it isn’t for ogling movie stills??
- Star Wars – Another film franchise that I have never seen. In fact the closest I have come is listening to the music (I love John Williams) and playing the Lego game on the Wii with Ethan. There is nothing about these films that has ever made me want to see them and no, I don’t feel I’m missing out.
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy – Do you remember when these films were all the rage? I do. I have tried to watch the first film, I really have, but I got about as far into it as I did when I tried to read the book. Which was just past the first page of the first chapter!
I never saw the attraction with Twin Peaks neither, although in my defence it was on at a time when my parents controlled the TV output!
What about you? Are you sucked in by TV and Film hype, or are you happy to let it pass you by? Does it bother you that you might be missing out on something that “everyone” else is involved with? Is your social conversation out of step with other people…and more to the point, do you care?
I’m interested to know first of all, are there cultural “must-see’s” that you ahem…haven’t seen…..and secondly, do you really care and is life worth a bit more than who did what to whom on the latest episode of your favourite soap?
(For the record, I do watch the X-Factor and I have read 50 Shades…haha!)