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Updated on March 19, 2011


Cultural Confetti


I'm sick of Jennifer Aniston . Not that I have anything against the woman, it's just that hers is the face that seems always to confront me from the magazine rack at the supermarket as I wait to pass through the check-out. Oh how well I know that long blonde-streaked hair, the hard little jaw and the superbly neat rows of bleached white teeth paraded through a tight but spectacular grin. Merely from glancing at the headlines over the years I know she's been through a rough time what with Brad and Angelina and that new one and all ....if only I really cared?



But it's not just Jennifer...


I've had it with The Biggest Loser , American sit-com, sepia-toned British drama's about lawyers, cops and doctors ... please, I never want to set eyes on another forensic expert, whatever the nationality...talent shows, stars dancing, celebrity gossip, sports *personalities* flogging caffeine drinks, fast-food eating and fast-food ads...endless ads, alcho-pops, hype, excessive mobile phone use, playing Snake while I'm waiting for a train, watching female singers imitating fetching whores as they writhe around the screen in 3 minute grabs that pass as music videos, cross-promotion masquerading as news, mindless web surfing, reading blogs like this one....the cultural confetti goes on and on.


Over the years I've digested too much rank content and now I want to purge it all in one giant cultural enema. I've had enough. I'm freezing the wide-screen tv and turning high-brow! I'm going to see a symphony orchestra, meander through an art gallery, discuss Voltaire in a coffee shop with earnest companions, read Thomas Hardy..or at least get out the dvd's. It will be hard...yes, fiercely hard...my brain has been trained to absorb only a certain kind of popular slush but I'm going to make an effort. Call me foolish, call me an aspiring snob or pretentious wanker,...I don't care. It's time to try selective cultural engagement rather than passive absorption. Wish me luck...


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      Jane Bovary 8 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Well thanks Lee...though I confess last night I fell off the wagon and watched an episode of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" I was sitting there with my head cocked to one side and my mouth hanging open and drool was beginning to form at the corner of my lip.

      Fortunately the phone rang and i snapped out of the stupor. It was someone kindly offering me a free mobile phone, no strings...though I would of course have to sign up to a $150 a month plan....

      Cheers

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      Lee Barton 8 years ago from New Mexico

      You said exactly what I've been thinking much better than I could have said it. Popular "culture," junk TV, and celebrity gossip are an ugly addiction for me. I'm in recovery but not recovered! Thanks for giving me strength and reminding me of the alternatives.

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      Jane Bovary 8 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Loriamoore...well you probably haven't missed much!

      Reality is overated anyway...

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      loriamoore 8 years ago

      Good for you! I may be the only person on earth who has never watched reality TV, preferring instead to have reality adventures through travelling and interacting with people.

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