phemt saidI am in totally out of current pop culture. Besides MSNBC and the History Channel I have no desire to watch most of the shows on TV. I am even loosing interest in the History Channel - really is Ice Road Tuckers "History". I don't know many of the current popular bands/music. I didn't watch any of the World Series. I just didn't get contemporary art with light bulbs on the floor, a piece of wood painted in two colors, and a soild colored canvas being considered art. I thought art should reflect/show talent. Overall, I just really don't care much for pop culture/enterainment. Is something wrong with me? Should I seek professional help? Would a Doctor or Psychologist be more appropriate?
Don't feel the least bit bad - you are not alone in this. Most of my television watching is on local channels that are what Nick at Nite used to be. I enjoy television shows that were written and acted by people with talent. I not only fail to understand reality television, I refuse to watch it. My music is mainly 60's-mid 1980's with a lot of Motown. Again, music with real musicians that was written and performed by passionate people of talent. Much of what we have today, with a scant few exceptions is a "product of the studio". Furthermore I do not appreciate text messaging, or should I say those who carry on multiple full length conversations via text message. And I do not do that "Twitter" thing because I am not a twit. I also fail to understand the militant obsession with Starbucks.
Like you, I don't care much for what passes for pop culture and entertainment today. I struggled with this for months and arrived at the conclusion that the reason I reject pop culture today is because it is nothing but mediocrity, phoniness, crudeness and intellectual bankruptcy that is marketed as something we shold embrace. There is no real room for or celebration of the individual, of talent, passion, artistry and certainly no celebration of (more of a fear of) genuine excellence. Tell me, where do you see the next Steinbeck, Dickens or Poe coming from? Where are the equals of actors/actresses like Gregory Peck, Ceasar Romero, Barbara Stanwyck or Bette Davis at today? And Television? We've replaced "Mission Impossible" and "Magnum P.I." with "So you think you can dance?" and "Wife Swap?" Musically speaking today we have "artists" like Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake and the Jonas Brothers who would have been buried a generation ago. The music all sounds the same and it has no guts.
I've had the privilege of reading a lot of your posts and responses. You are very obviously a well read, educated guy, and you express yourself incredibly well. One thing that stands out is that you march to the beat of your own drum. You are a distinct individual. For what it's worth, I don't think you need to see any psychological professional. You are distinct and enjoy the genuinely great things in life and the more you enjoy the genuine, the more you reject the fake. The first, best lie of marketing these days is to convince you that there is something wrong with you and that you should strive for or reach for whatever they are selling/pushing.
Put another way, if pop culture these days was so great then why do we have 20 percent of the tv advertisements pusing anti-depressant drugs?