Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Question of the Day

This was suggested by Faithful Correspondent based on this article by Christopher Isherwood in the New York Times:

“Am I missing something?” — as in what cultural phenomenon or popular trend do you just not get?

For me there are lots of things; mainly in terms of music or pop culture. I never understood the rapture over Elvis Presley, although I loved the Beatles; I never really enjoyed the music of the Rolling Stones… but I loved The Doors, especially Strange Days, which got me through some harrowing times at boarding school in 1968. I never got Michael Jackson, even when he was black. As for hip-hop or rap, to me it’s just doggerel with a drum track; I go for the the sound of Motown that was part of growing up in the 1960’s near Detroit. And I have never seen a single episode of American Idol, Survivor, Lost, or South Park. I watched a few episodes of The Simpsons, but never missed one of The West Wing. I don’t text, I don’t Tweet, but I enjoy catching up with friends I haven’t seen in forty years on Facebook. So I guess I get some of it but not all of it.