Thursday, March 3, 2011

Joss who??

Popular culture (commonly known as pop culture) is the totality of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images and other phenomena that are deemed preferred per an informal consensus within the mainstream of a given culture, especially Western culture of the early to mid 20th century and the emerging global mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century. Heavily influenced by mass media, this collection of ideas permeates the everyday lives of the society.

Today, I blogged about where I've been for the past decade. 

I'm pop un cultured. 

I read Kathleen Peacock's blog and I laugh, because I totally get her humor, but the references to TV, music, movies and other stuff that I'm sure is way cool, leave me biting my lip and muttering, "I don't get it."

I want to get it.  I totally want to get it.  How can I be one of the cool people on Twitter (no, this is not a #YA Mafia post) if I don't know the code?  The lingo?  The You Tube vids to post?  HOW???

How will an agent or editor ever love me if I can't toss an off the cuff Buffy quote into my email?  Who the heck is Angel?


Or am I?

Lovely YA Community, tell us here at GotYA, are you a pop culture pro, or will I be seeing you at the nerd table in the cafeteria too?


JEM said...

I want to read the blog you're referencing but the link shows as the gif of the image in your blog post :(. I try to stay away from major pop culture references in my writing because that stuff goes bad faster than milk left on the counter.

Krista Ashe said...

I'm actually a pop culture junkie. I dominate at trivia involved in the last few decades. I call it my gift to useless knowledge, lol.

Although I'm not too schooled with Joss Whedon, and I just caught Veronica Mars this year. Never watched Buffy, Angel, Firefly, or Dr. Who--which seem to be THE shows writers have watched and adored.

Not sure where I was or what I was doing, lol.

Tere Kirkland said...

I'd give myself a "A" in movies and TV, (I don't watch Idol, though) and an "F" in music.

I was just saying to a friend last night that the only time I hear club music is when the dance teams go by during Mardi Gras parades. ;)

I agree with JEM though, that pop culture references will only date your work, and might leave some readers feeling out of the loop.

I highly recommend Firefly, but I haven't watched more than three seasons of Buffy, and never got into Angel. And I don't feel like I'm missing any jokes, if that makes you feel better!

Jamie B said...

OOPS! Link fixed! Thanks JEM!

Angelica R. Jackson said...

Part of my nerd credentials require me to be up on certain aspects of pop culture: must be able to recite passages from Monty Python, any of Joss's shows, the Simpsons, etc

But there are glaring holes in my knowledge: I don't know much about Jersey Shore other than it is a TV show, never watched a Real Housewives from Anywhere, was puzzled why 2.5 Men was on the air for so long when it's so awful.

Annie McElfresh said...

Hmmmmm I'm up on Rock music, Jersey Shore, and YA Books. Other than that I'm kinda clueless. LOL

Guess I'll just have to fake it til I make it with the cool kids and their pop culture references. LOL

Debra D. said...

Jamie--GASP--No Joss????


I definitely don't think it's a requirement, but I know even my editor thinks it's a good idea to view widely--you never know when inspiration will strike! :) (that said, I've missed a ton of stuff--a TON--but I do love Joss, V Mars, Monty Python, etc. Just now trying to see what all the Dr. Who fuss is about! )

Jude said...

oy vey, i'm totally clueless about pop culture! one of our interns here at the agency compiled a list of books, movies, and shows for me to watch to catch up! haha how embarassing.

Kathleen said...

Thanks for the mention, Jamie!

If it's any consolation, I think the main reason I'm a film and TV junkie is that I have film geek parents.

And there are huge gaps in my knowledge. Like I couldn't tell you anything about Gossip Girl--which would probably come in much handier than knowing about Doctor Who.