OT: Pop Culture Misses

Submitted by JeepinBen on April 21st, 2016 at 10:25 AM

somewhat slow day on the board, so here's a thread to say what we've missed out on (For now). These typically double as good "Never have I ever" drinking game options but, anyway - what major pop culture stuff have you missed out on? now? Recently? "Back in the day"? Looking for things that were hugely popular that for, whatever reason, you never saw/heard/got into. (Feedback might also give you direction for your next Netflix binge, or your next set of concert tickets)

Mine are mostly large or small screen. I have never seen:

  • The Sopranos
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Wire
  • The Walking Dead
  • Titanic
  • Avatar

And besides Breaking Bad and The Wire, most people don't seem to think I've missed out on much. What are the things that you've (purposely or not) avoided in recent pop culture?


His Dudeness

April 21st, 2016 at 11:03 AM ^

I quit Facebook about 5 years ago. One of the best things I've ever done.

Some older woman who I used to work with tried to friend me and I had to have that awkward conversation with her about work and personal life staying separate.

She got really real-life upset with me and I said to myself "I try my best not to have real-life problems. I don't need real life issues stemming from something that isn't real." So I quit. It's really amazing at first then it just becomes regular life. I don't miss it at all.  Added bonus: never been invited to a high school reunion.


April 21st, 2016 at 11:07 AM ^

is becomming a cyber-narcissist party.  I have noticed that people who get along fine in "real life" can and do have conflicts stemming from facebook postings and content because they almost have alternate personalities on Facebook.  Like most social networking sites, what started out good has become something different and not so great.


April 21st, 2016 at 12:04 PM ^

Yeah, you have 100 "friends" and it's the same 5 people posting over and over:

The gal or dude that runs 10k's and "mud runs" all the time and has to post every race and abs shots.

The mom obsessed with the childern and everything they do is magic.

The activist that has to share every news feed that supports their agenda.

The gal or dude that parties/travels often and has to post the weekly bar photo or photo on a boat / in front of some landmark.


The Mad Hatter

April 21st, 2016 at 12:16 PM ^

I honestly think that it's fucking up society in some pretty profound ways.  Kids are being raised with the notion that narcissism is normal.  

Also, I'm not fond of companies tracking my activities and profiting off of my browsing habits.


April 21st, 2016 at 12:45 PM ^

I am waiting for someone to do an in depth study or write a book on the psychology of Facebook. Strange those who are addicted to it. Although the same could be said for those here...


April 21st, 2016 at 12:51 PM ^

is a little different because none of us or very few of us know each other in "real life."  Facebook truly is a "life competition" at this point.  My wife was into it for a while and people play games with each other are really try to one-up and gas-light each other for really no reason.  It seems to me that Facebook brings out the worst in people and can really lead to interpersonal conflict that would not exist without it.

The Mad Hatter

April 21st, 2016 at 1:32 PM ^

the word "Facebook" now appears in about 50% of divorce petitions.  No good comes from having a profile on that site.

I might use it if I was single and trying to get laid, but as a married father I don't need to have ex-girlfriends and people I knew for 2 weeks 20 years ago contacting me.


April 21st, 2016 at 10:35 AM ^

I share one with my wife and she has it 90% of the time.

EDIT: That's not exclusive to pop culture.  That fits in technology and other category misses as well.



April 21st, 2016 at 10:45 AM ^

Either she'll come with me so I can go inside and wait, or I'll take her phone which is five years old and not smart at all.

Truthfully, there is more pre-planning involved before I leave the house for everything.  If I'm picking someone up from the airport, I try to use Flightaware (Thank you CC threads!) and don't leave the house until the flight is about 15 minutes from my house.


April 21st, 2016 at 11:26 AM ^

Before cell phones it seemed like people planned more. You'd call their landline and say hello let's do this at such and such time on such and such day. Now it's "What do you want to do?" I know I love my cell, but I don't plan near as much. 


April 21st, 2016 at 1:45 PM ^

is a spoiler cut-off.  I agree that it is probably not the best form to disclose spoilers when somebody says they have not seen a show but if somebody has not watched Game of Thrones Season 1 by now they either really don't want to see or just never will.  At some point something is not a "spoiler" but just is, like, Daniel-son beat Johnny.  I know, spoilers and all, but come on.


April 21st, 2016 at 7:28 PM ^

I agree, hence my first sentence. But, the person did explicitly say they are interested in starting to watch.  Sometimes, for whatever reason, people are late to the discussion.

If I just started watching the Wire (I actually did) and mentioned that to a co-worker, I'd be bummed if they immediately told me some big spoiler. Sure, it's old, but not to me!