Where am I obliged to like anything merely because it exists?
Those who are most in the position to effect massive social changes through cultural engineering at scale are hidebound from doing so.
"All entertainment is art whether we like it or not" holds up better with every passing year, and for many reasons.
"When you’ve got a million movies to pick from, picking a safe, familiar option seems more sensible than gambling on an original." Discuss.
One of the things Buddhism tries to get you to recognize within yourself is how all the things you are aren't "you".
What's sad about Ready Player One (and Two): the commanding power cultural nostalgia holds over people in bad times is worth exploring. Just not in a story like that.
I don't want better versions of the past. I want a future that has the kind of better only the future can offer.
On the marriage of popular and artistic sensibilities (not that they were all that far from each other?)
For fun I ran down a list of popular culture things that nobody really had expectations for, but which sort of escaped their box and went on to become major cultural landmarks.
What is it I really want from popular culture? Typically something rare.
At some point in my life, I realized I didn't want to "go back" to anything, because there was no such thing as "going back".
It isn't Disney that's the problem with Star Wars; it's us, and not in the way you might think.
If someone is now interested in something that once only had faddish appeal, their interest has a far greater chance of being genuine.
Ubiquitous cultural things don't thrill me, because they're in no danger of vanishing.
On gauging artistic quality by way of popularity, always a bad move.
Our Gray Goo Media problem.
On contempt for popular culture as an easy way out.
How to survive the modern digital cultural flood: have no sense of history.
I think, therefore I differ.
To understand doesn't mean we have to forgive. See: comic book movies, et al.
You can only play the "honesty" card for sex and violence so many times.
My failure to connect with "Game of Thrones."
The classics aren't things to put on pillars. But neither is popular culture.