Monday, February 25, 2013

Ignorance is bliss

It's nights like last night that I realize just how out of touch I am with pop culture. Every feed on every social media platform I use was overrun with Oscars updates, and for the most part I was completely and utterly confused. I mean, I wasn't watching the Oscars, so that was likely part of the problem, but I can quite confidently say it wasn't the only problem. You see, my "friends" were all talking about actors and actresses that I had never even heard of. They were talking about movies that I didn't even know existed. They were making references to events that I didn't know had happened, and posting photos of people I don't even recognize.

In a way, it's weird being so removed from a world that many people live so comfortably in. There were moments where I felt a wee bit isolated in my oblivious little bubble. But then — here comes my aha moment — I realized how much work and research it would take for me to join the masses in their pop culture party and I decided, nope, ignorance is definitely bliss for me.

What about you? Are you up on all of the celebrity gossip?

18 comments:

  1. I use to be up on all the celebrity gossip years ago but now refuse to keep up with it. To me it takes up room in my brain I can be using for more useful things. Plus it's just plain stupid.
    It's their lives just let them live!

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  2. I felt like that for the last few years - particularly living in Gabon as we were isolated from everything whether we liked it or not. I hadn't seen any of the films so none of it meant very much to me. This year, revelling in first world luxuries, I watched a lot of the films and saw some really great work. Regardless of the pop culture stuff, I look at it as an art and there are certainly things to appreciate away from who wore what and who's dating who.

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  3. This was the first year I've actually gotten into the Oscars, and only because a new theater opened next to me and I was able to see most of the award-winners. That said, I definitely could have gotten the same thing out of just reading who the winners were the next day instead of staying up way past my bedtime!

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  4. I had a similar experience reading my twitter feed last night. David and I opted to watch the third Twilight movie with the Rifftrax accompaniment, and that was an excellently horrible idea. The Oscars just seems like the untouchable little prerecorded piece of pop culture that exists outside anyone's realm of influence. It always ends up feeling superficial to me. I dunno.

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  5. I definitely ignored my social media feeds yesterday intentionally. People need to seriously STFU about celebrities.

    I would elaborate, but I am tired. :(

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  6. I'm usually the one whose sat quietly in the staffroom when everyone is talking about such and such actor/actress in so and so film etc.. or what was on TV last night..... I just can't join in as I don't watch TV, film or listen to all that much music anymore but I honestly don't care because I craft, read, write letters or just go out!... nerdy and boring but its me and I'm not doing all those things just to fit in.

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  7. i am not! i honestly missed all of the award shows this year! I was so busy with class and work that i barely have time to keep up with it :-(

    http://mscomposure.blogspot.com
    http://www.infinitelifefitness.com

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  8. I'm not the only one! *dances* Honestly can't remember the last time I bothered to watch an award show. I almost never watch actual television anymore, so if it's not fandom-related actors/movies I never really know anything about it. And it's fantastic! Particularly when people talk about whatever horrid music is most popular. I definitely prefer ignorance over filling my brain with all that crap!

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  9. I think I saw one mainstream movie last year. And I'm totally okay with that. Celebrity - and the associate obsession with it - doesn't make much sense to me. Personally, I find that awards shows are usually just an expensive, loud-mouthed way for famous people to pat each other on the back. And I have no use for that. Sometimes there are uplifting & rewarding stories from the smaller artists out there, but this rare. Also, Seth McFarlane is kind of a boob, and I feel like I am betraying my sex when I laugh at his jokes.

    Also, I snuggled a baby & chased little boys around a living room for a couple of hours instead. Much more interesting.

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  10. Oh, I enjoyed this. I am super out-of-touch with the mainstream and pop culture. Partially because I'm oblivious and partially because I just can't bring myself to care. I'm always confused by people who watch all the Oscar winners and what-not; I can only watch what looks interesting to me, whether it's a classic or a B horror movie. *Shrug. I get more out of touch every year.

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  11. We don't have TV -- we have a TV, and we have Netflix, but we routinely watch shows that are 5 years old or older -- and we never watch movies because there is no theatre around here, so I was equally confounded by Oscar stuff!

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  12. Haha #1 sign you're old I guess...but I'm totally with you! Jennifer Lawrence and Quivenzhene Wallis were the only ones of the bunch I cared about, and neither of them could motivate me to watch it. Also, I am staunchly against people live-tweeting pop culture events unless they have been proven to be exceedingly hilarious. Twitter was a no-go for me all night last night, haha.

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  13. im completely out of it too - especially now without having cable or even "bunny ears" for local channels. i see things through netflix - but i watch what i know - things like the oscars and all that nonsense ahhhhhh i agree ignorance IS bliss!!

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  14. this is hilarious because i am exactly the same way!

    I went to work the day after the super bowl and was like... oh i didn't watch it. everyone was SO SHOCKED, but i was like... i dont feel like i missed out on a thing.

    -harley
    Harley & Jane

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  15. I looove going to the movies, especially if they are particularly decent but I can't watch the Oscars, at least, not for very long ;) I only turned it on when friends in the VFX (visual effects) industry were up in arms on Facebook because of the crisis that's going on in their industry (big studios shutting in the last few weeks- studios that made all those nominated films) and how disrespectfully the winners in their category were treated when they went to accept their award (20secs less time and completely drowned out with the Jaws sountrack. Jaws!) Anyway. I turned it on to watch that. I admit I used to like looking at all the dresses in the magazines the next week but now they all kind of look the same so not even that holds much allure anymore! Overrated :)

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  16. I never know what's going on with celebrities. Not that it really matters, I only watch the Oscars for the frocks anyway. I mean, who doesn't like a nice frock?

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  17. I am exactly the same way. I never know what's going on. and if I do know whats going on with all the celebrity junk I usually am making fun of it.

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  18. I feel you. I had some of the exact same moments. You know, the "what the hell is going on" moments. I'm so clearly out of touch too, and you know what? It doesn't bother me one bit. My life is clearly functioning(very happily, I might add) without it.

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