I follow someone on this here Tumblr and to be honest, not sure how it happened, but generally I am into what they post about it. Its mostly about pop culture and all that nonsense I adore, but today I wanted to reblog and sort of tear apart a post.
I guess we are unable to reblog someone’s “ask” posts, so its a good thing I didnt, but man his answers made me want to tear into him.
I was aware he was young, but his list of favorite 5 TV show characters of all time allowed me to pinpoint who he was, where he was from and where he would most likely be in mere seconds.
First, all his faves were from TV shows made after 1990. Now, while I get for someone who is young its hard to love something from twenty years before you were born, how can you be an actual pop culture junkie or actually have a job within the industry when you aren’t aware of the history? It irked me that I could guess, without knowing anything about this kid, that he was obviously in his early twenties, Jewish or Italian, grew up on LI and most likely went to a prestigious liberal arts school, but not Ivy League from his favorite 5 characters. I think it said more about me than it did him, but come on - how can you want to produce interesting TV and film content if you can’t appreciate anything in the medium that happened before Lohan was famous?
That would be me! Hi.
Maybe my Tumblr handle, “Pop Culture Brain” is a little pretentious. No I don’t know everything there is to know about pop culture, nor do I claim to. Yes I am in my twenties, from Long Island, Jewish and went to Syracuse. I don’t deny this and am not trying to hide it. It’s all plain to see in the “About me” section of my Tumblr, on my website, or on Facebook.
When I was asked my favorite TV characters, (not the best just my favorite) I picked the ones I find most relatable, as they are my favorite. If you were to ask me the best TV characters, I couldn’t do it. Not without proper research, because I simply haven’t seen everything there is. I’ll leave that to the professionals at TV Guide or Bob Thompson maybe.
That said I do know a couple things. I’m aware Friends was the oldest show on my list, but I’m also aware that it wouldn’t exist without Cheers, Three’s Company, Mary Tyler Moore, and Lucy. I included Charlie from Lost because I know him better than I do Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks. Twenty years before my birth was the late 60s/early 70s. You might be hard pressed to find the best TV character from that era. And could you pick one from The Twilight Zone?
I’m not trying to be malicious, because I’m grateful for feedback such as this. In order to be a real “pop culture brain” I should have a rounded knowledge of the modern landscape and that which came before it. Can’t please everyone, thanks for the follow.
Errr. My post came out a bit malicious in the end, and for that I apologize, but what I was most shocked at is how easily I could peg you. Thats probably because I am from the same place and I was more intrigued by how you were able to pick five characters who could resemble you, which I guess is part of the reason you/we/all watch TV. I don’t think you are pretentious, but I just found it strange in the entire history of TV all your faves were within the past 20 years. This might make me the snob, and I can own. that I was a sociology major, with a focus on media and culture, so it kind of gets me going when I can identify someone with things they identify with themselves, if that makes sense. And I also overuse commas if you couldn’t guess.
3) J.R. Ewing - “Dallas”
Notable mentions are: Larry David (just cause I have a hard time calling him a “character”: “Curb”, Charlie - “Its Always Sunny”, Erica Kane - “All My Children”, Al Bundy - “Married with Children”, and b/c its too hard to pick between them: the casts of “The Golden Girls”, “MASH” & “The Odd Couple”