Basic Introduction To Common Popular Culture
To me, there is no other answer to the question “what are you doing today/tonight” than what she said. Obviously, her coworkers need some sort of collection of works to introduce them to commonly used pop culture references. What would be included, though? I love Battlestar Galactica and Veronica Mars, but are they widespread enough to merit inclusion in a primer? Select episodes of The Simpsons would definitely be included (especially “Marge vs. the Monorail”), some Animaniacs episodes, especially ones with Pinky and the Brain shorts. I don’t know if an entire episode of Firefly would get in, but maybe a highlights reel with quotes like “Big Damn Heroes,” “I call her Vera,” “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal,” and of course Mal’s pledge to Simon about when and how he’ll kill him. Probably a little bit of South Park. Doctor Who would probably merit a Fourth Doctor story and a Tenth Doctor story (“Blink”). And finally, some Dr. Horrible for good measure. Keeping in mind this isn’t about talking about your favorite pop culture, what works of pop culture do you think are absolutely necessary to view in order to participate in a society that is beginning to center around it?