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The sports ratings post earlier got me to thinking about how little I watch current day sports. If I want to watch a game, I am more likely to pull up an early 1990's Chicago Bulls game or an early 90's Dallas Cowboys football game on YouTube instead of watching a current day game.


The same holds true for watching TV, movies, or listening to music. Instead of watching current day shows, I typically stream older shows from Hulu or Netflix. The same holds true for movies (except for Marvel). Instead of listening to the radio, I will Spotify songs that were popular during my teens and early 20s. When I see news stories featuring the names of current day celebrities, I often have no idea who the person is.

Anybody else the same way? Am I getting old or was entertainment that much better back then?

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I'd aged out of popular music by the time I was a teenager. When others my age were swooning over Michael Jackson or Madonna, I'd already put them into the "all show no go" category, just relying on expensive videos to flog their unlistenable tosh.

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I am just waiting for the early bird special.

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I watch a bunch of YouTube channels featuring reactions of music videos or performances by people of younger generations, and there is a prevailing conclusion made which is that our age group was lucky to experience the artists at the time of the song's release.   When I feel jaded about modern era anything, I find younger people amazed at qualities I took for granted.   They too see the good in what I grew up with, even if I may have forgotten.     
Some of the quizzes on Sporcle are fun to take because they are clearly out of my heyday for consuming pop culture, and I learn some new things from the last 20 years I glossed over at the time.  
I don't think age defines the need to return to good memories of our youth as much as the need to know our era's popular culture is chronicled for consumption whenever we want it.  When we have the evidence of what we remember fondly and younger people can see it, us older folk don't necessarily sound as crotchety as so often we are profiled.

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BGF- on the money with this 100%. It’s an interesting thought, but I’m at an age (late 40s) where I’m more interested in spending time rewatching, re-reading, relistening to entertainment that I love rather than spending time on new stuff. I don’t know any of the new actresses or actors, hardly watch any television at all, and don’t watch movies anymore. In the car, we would listen to Radio Disney up until recently, so I somewhat became familiar with some of the new artists like Arianna Grande. So, yeah, I’m completely and utterly out of the loop and have been for over a decade. I’ve been watching old Craig Ferguson clips on YouTube from 10-15 years ago and thinking, man, this guy was actually pretty good.

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Undoubtedly.  

I was watching a Pearl Jam show from 1992 last night and thought about seeing them at Lollapalooza that year, when they were arguably the biggest band in the country, the way it felt like a "moment".  I was fairly plugged in to the Zeitgeist during the era, music, television, sports, movies.  Today,  I don't give a toss about any of them.  I'd probably ascribe two reasons for that.  
1)  Aging.  That's pretty natural.  Even though the cultural overlords have struggled mightily to make everyone act like teenagers late into life, you just can't summon the innocence you once had.  Maybe it's also the fact that we haven't had a sweeping change in pop culture for almost 3 decades now.  Everything's a retread and has been for some while.  The law of diminishing returns kicks in inevitably.  I haven't seen a movie in a theater since No Country For Old Men, almost 15 years ago.  Popular music has been dreadful for so long that there's no chance of me ever tuning in again.  Television is insanely unentertaining.  Speaking of age, I don't even like going to those free outdoor summer concerts (cover bands) because it's so damn loud.  I don't enjoy it anymore.  

2)  The purveyors of pop culture.  Specifically the fact that they don't like me and are fairly blunt about it.  I can accept the fact that entertainers might not have the same points of view as I do, but it's become so overwhelmingly in-your-face that I'm left with little choice but to walk away.  Sports was the last one to fall.  I stopped with the NBA in the 80s and the NFL around Y2K, but even two years ago, I was still fairly tuned in to the NHL, MLB, and Premier League.  Today I consume zero sports.  Not a second.  I just don't need to be told that I'm responsible for all the ills of the world when I'm trying to watch two guys play catch.  It's so jarringly unnecessary.  And sports was just the last domino to fall.  Television and movies (don't get me started on commercials) are ridiculously anti-white male to a degree that allows me to detach from them with no qualms.  

Fortunately, I've always been a reader.  I listen to streaming radio stations of mostly chillout tunes and some 80s nostalgia.  I have a daughter to raise.  I have three properties to maintain.  I have other hobbies.  And I have my eyes and ears wide open as our country enters year two of our national psychotic break.  I don't miss pop culture at all.  In fact, it's now jarring when I'm confronted with it, whether it be sports, television, media, etc.  After a period of time passes without it, you'll get exposed to it briefly and it strikes you as completely alien to your new existence.  I personally have my doubts about the "get woke, go broke" cope that many normies accept as gospel, but I do hope that we see some big scalps taken, sports particularly, when it comes to losing audience share.  

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With music, for sure. I’m at the point where not only don’t I like any popular music these days, but I haven’t heard of any of these people anymore. I occasionally hear random names like Megan Thee Stallion about a year after they break out and you might as well be playing Mad Libs with these names. I have no clue and no desire to learn. 

Movies and TV shows, at least on the premium channels and streaming platforms, I’m still up on most of it. I have no clue about YouTube, Twitch, or any of the latest reality shows and shit on network TV, but there’s still tons of current content that keeps my interest.

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KGB wrote: (don't get me started on commercials) There's a thread here someplace about this. You're not alone with this one at least...
One sport that I have found to be fairly woke-free (if that's the correct use of the term) is boxing, which is of course largely because the majority of fighters seem to be black or Hispanic. Fortunately I enjoy boxing and have since I was a kid, and it's on tv more these days than it has been in years (easy plug in for sports channels during the pandemic was how it regained a serious footing, it was on TSN 3 nights a week here for a while).
I can still tune out all the narratives from football and hockey for the most part, but I can see the day coming where I won't be able to anymore. As I noted someplace else, I already have to mute or switch the channel when the talking heads come on between periods or at halftime. But eventually, I may be out-out on it all, I dunno.


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Blazer wrote: I’ve been watching old Craig Ferguson clips on YouTube from 10-15 years ago and thinking, man, this guy was actually pretty good.

I did the same thing around the first of the year

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Franchise wrote: Blazer wrote: I’ve been watching old Craig Ferguson clips on YouTube from 10-15 years ago and thinking, man, this guy was actually pretty good.

I did the same thing around the first of the year

Yep, find me a commercial where a middle aged white guy isn’t portrayed as a complete dufus or a cuck.  It’s like finding a unicorn.

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Never cared for sports. I can directly link my complete drop in watching TV & movies to my 1st laptop more so than age. Music is something that has not waned for me. There is always music on around me & I stay ‘current’

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Music most definitely. Don’t know anything about and it is not appealing to me.

Youtube stars and shows - Totally lost

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Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I used to always listen to Casey Kasem top 40. Usually came on Sundays. I remembered following all my favorite pop groups up and down the charts. Now, I couldn't name anyone outside of maybe Taylor Swift.

As far as TV shows go, growing up it was the big 3 networks, with little to no competition, so the selection was much better. Today with all the streaming options, the choices are somewhat watered down. I am a "cord cutter" and don't subscribe to any pay channels per se, but it's amazing how I can find some streaming options available, as long as I sit patiently through the commercials.

Wrestling- I am not at all interested in today's product outside of the few youtube channels I follow. I was very much into the WWF in that area just after the takeover of the territories but just before the "invasion era" with HHH and Chyna, Stone Cold etc...

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Yes, starting in the late 90s when I was in my early twenties.
I even stopped watching new wrestling by 2000.

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I would argue that there's no such thing as "pop culture" these days. Technological delivery has fractured to an extent that there's nothing that can count as a cross-society touchstone.

Look at pop music these days. It's basically a committee creation to grab people's attention for the 30 seconds that trigger a revenue on Spotify. Hence they start with the chorus and some trigger wording. Make it dance as well with easily mime-able lyrics and it will go viral on Tiktok.

But anyone over the age of about 17 will not give a flying shit about Tiktok. From 17-24 or so it will be Spotify, 24-30 or so Youtube, 30+ CDs and hipster vinyl.

It's too fragmented. Other than when you get created crossovers. There's a reason why Lil Nas X did that thing with Billy Ray Cyrus - it doubled his audience. Everyone's working with everyone else and everything is sounding the same as a result.

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chrob61 wrote: Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I used to always listen to Casey Kasem top 40.
In case you are interested, iHeart radio (formerly Clear Channel Communications) now runs episodes of Casey Kasem's Top 40 - the 70s and 80s all day, everyday.

https://www.iheart.com/live/classic-american-top-40-6545/

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Big Garea Fan wrote: chrob61 wrote: Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I used to always listen to Casey Kasem top 40.
In case you are interested, iHeart radio (formerly Clear Channel Communications) now runs episodes of Casey Kasem's Top 40 - the 70s and 80s all day, everyday.

https://www.iheart.com/live/classic-american-top-40-6545/

Also, if you liked the "Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown", there is a phone app (Hit Music) that streams the countdowns from the 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s (each a separate channel) and the countdowns are changed weekly.

I was a big R&B radio fan back in the 80s & 90s and I keep hoping that one of the R&B countdown shows from back then like "The Countdown with Walt "Baby" Love" or "On The Move with Tom Joyner" will start streaming old countdowns too but so far no luck.



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