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Conversation With My Sweetie
(paraphrased from memory, so I might have gotten some of it wrong)

Me: Do you have any idea what a "Duck Dynasty" is?
Him: It's a television show, it's about this hick family, only they're all really rich because the guy invented this special duck call, and he patented it.
Me: Oh. Is it imaginary, or reality television?
Him: I think it's real.
Me: Okay, kind of like, um, what's that show about the singer? He's like a heavy metal singer, only he has a show with his family?
Him: Ozzie Osbourne?
Me: Yeah, that's it, the Osbournes. Kind of like that?
Him: I haven't actually seen the show, but sure, kind of like that.
Me: So a duck whistle, huh? Why are they all over my FaceBook?
Him: Well the guy was interviewed in a magazine, and he said something anti-gay.
Me: Ohh, I see. So the duck doesn't like gay people?
Him: Something like that. And also, I think whoever runs their show canceled them or something, because of this.
Me: That makes more sense, I can see why there is a lot of kerfuffle. It's not just a duck whistle.
Him: No, some people are claiming his first amendment right were violated, some people are angry at him, some people are angry at the tv people, it's a big mess.
Me: Seems like it. It didn't look interesting enough to click on. I just I keep seeing these pictures scroll by, these people that look like, like, what's that band, the one with the beards?
Him: You mean ZZ Top?
Me: Yes! ZZ Top, the pictures look like ZZ Top.
Him: Sometimes it astounds me how little you know about popular culture.
Me: Well I get most of my news from FaceBook and social media. I figure if it's important, it will show up there.
Him: Maybe you should consider clicking on cnn.com every now and then.
Me: Can't you just tell me if there is something I need to know?
Him: I'll try....
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pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: December 21st, 2013 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
The Daily Show with John Stewart. “Where more people get their news than really should.”

For actual news, try the BBC. It still attempts real journalism, unlike CNN, which gave up on that carp sometime during the most recent of the wars in Iraq.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
In retrospect it occurred to me that I often listen to NPR to/from work. That should qualify as real news - that just haven't been talking about Duck Dynasty there.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: January 7th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, if you listen to "All Things Considered", anything you haven't heard of isn't likely to be important.

(On a related note: I recently discovered that I can listen to the podcast of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and "This American Life" on the ROKU in the living room. So, that's yet another way for me to get news without having to be exposed to TV "journalism".)
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: December 21st, 2013 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
bloggingchick From: bloggingchick Date: December 21st, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you. I don't have cable TV or any other streaming subscriptions so I usually get my news from local channels or social media. Because, yeah, someone usually ends up linking to important stuff on facebook, anyway.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly! The only downside of getting news from social media is the weird fads that sweep through, where everybody spends a day getting outraged over something that is forgotten the next day.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: December 23rd, 2013 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
First I heard of it was seeing T shirts and hats on sale in a store. I think it might have had a network logo on the display so I assumed it was some kind of a TV show.

I'm trying to get a bit more in touch with mainstream, but I'm starting slow. First up, I'm finishing watching all the old Star Trek series that I never finished, currently DS9. Also watching the movies, I'm up to 7 now (had only seen up to 5 prior to 2 weeks ago). I've been told I should watch a few other shows but I am going to have to work up to them as I watched the first 20 minutes of a couple of them and they were too dumb for me to keep going. Hopefully this won't involve pithing.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: December 23rd, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Getting in touch with the mainstream? Why? Stick with books. (Though, if you must watch TV might I recommend: Firefly, Fringe, The Wire and BBC’s Luther. All but The Wire are on NetFlix, AFAIK.)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: December 23rd, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why? Because I get tired of having absolutely nothing to talk about with anyone. Perhaps some people can be happy to sit in a room by themselves their entire lives, but I've been doing that for 30 years now and I'm getting a bit tired of not having any idea what anyone is talking about, ever.

I did watch about half of Firefly, it's OK but I don't see what the big deal is. I need to watch the rest and Serenity but it's not pulling at me at all.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: December 23rd, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Skip to Serenity. That's what I saw first, then went back to watch the TV show.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: December 24th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, Serenity was quite good. I may go back and watch the show now. It's not my first priority though.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved Firefly and Dr. Who. It took me several episodes to figure out what the fuss over Dr Who was, but FF I got into right away. On the other hand, I watched FF with a group of friends, which might lend to the enjoyment. I find television and movies are often more fun with groups, where the jokes (or suspense, or whatever) are shared, and you build on each other's emotions.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: January 5th, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's actually the main reason that I haven't really watched any movies for over 20 years now. I have nobody to go with, and I dislike going to the movies by myself. The last time I was in a theater was to see Harry Potter 6, up in Houghton with a bunch of people from the picnic, so that was whatever, 6 years ago I guess.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 5th, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's actually a very good answer, and a good reason. It's one thing to get all proud of not watching mainstream television or sports, but it's nice to be able to participate in conversations with coworkers or friends.

I've found that M's love of sports, while still incomprehensible to me, has caused me to watch football now and then. It's fun occasionally being able to talk sports with the guys at work.
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