Jaideep Shergill: Pop Culture Feed from a fiend

08 Aug,2016

By Jaideep Shergill

 

Well, what can I say, I am a pop culture fiend. I have been for as long as I can remember and I enjoy just immersing myself in the huge galaxy of options out there especially now in the 24×7 world we live in. A true fan and more teetering on the border of an OCD, going weak at the knees and soft in the head at the thought of a new ‘pop-culture’ fad or trend (sic! politer).

 

It’s hard to tell how much influence has on our lives but I can tell you one thing, it sucks you in and how! Popular culture allows large heterogeneous masses of people to identify collectively. It serves an inclusionary role in society as it unites the masses on ideals of acceptable forms of behavior. Along with forging a sense of identity which binds individuals to the greater society, consuming pop culture items often enhances an individual’s prestige in their peer group. Further, popular culture, provides individuals with a chance to change the prevailing sentiments and norms of behaviour. So popular culture appeals to people because it provides opportunities for both individual happiness and communal bonding.

 

Examples of popular culture come from a wide array of genres, including popular music, print, cyber culture, sports, entertainment, graphic novels, leisure, fads, advertising and television (including documentaries and tv shows). My particular favorites are films, music, books,literary magazines, TV shows and documentaries.

 

So I thought I would give everyone a rundown of my favorites over the first half of 2016.

 

Films:

1. The Witch

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/07/17th-century-horror-drama-the-witch

2. Deadpool

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/feb/07/deadpool-review-marvel-ryan-reynolds-film-superhero

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/star-wars-the-force-awakens/episode-7-review/

4. Captain America: Civil War

http://www.slashfilm.com/captain-america-civil-war-review/

5. 10 Cloverfield Lane

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/20/10-cloverfield-lane-review-taut-survivalist-thriller

6. The Invitation

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/apr/05/the-invitation-film-review-karyn-kusama-suspense

 

Television:

1. Jessica Jones

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/11/jessica-jones-marvel-netflix/416685/

2. Game of Thrones-Season 6

http://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/game-of-thrones-season-6-review-how-the-show-overcame-its-biggest-ever-challenge-a3285036.html

3. 11.22.63

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/24/112263-review-hulu-stephen-king-books-jfk-assassination

4. Wayward Pines-Season 1/2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayward_Pines

5. Tony Robbins: I am not your Guru (Documentary)

https://next.ft.com/content/cd808c70-4dd4-11e6-8172-e39ecd3b86fc

6. Beware the Slenderman (Documentary)

http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/beware-the-slenderman-review-1201769745/

 

Books:

1. Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/26/475021271/sleeping-giants-kicks-off-a-new-series-in-style

2. The Fireman, Joe Hill

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/11/books/review-in-joe-hills-the-fireman-a-plague-that-sends-people-up-in-flames.html?_r=0

3. Before the Fall, Noah Hawley

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/books/review-noah-hawleys-before-the-fall-is-one-of-the-years-best-suspense-novels.html

4. The view from the cheap seats, Neil Gaiman (non fiction)

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-view-from-the-cheap-seats-by-neil-gaiman-book-review-his-non-fiction-work-proves-proves-good-a7059236.html

5. End of Watch, Stephen King (Book#3 in the Bill Hodges Trilogy)

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/08/end-of-watch-by-stephen-king-review

6. The Girls, Emma Cline

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/06/06/the-girls-by-emma-cline

 

Best of the rest/Everything else…

1. Beyoncé, Lemonade
2. Pokémon Go
3. The US Presidential Election
4. Comic con trailers
5. Prince George
6. American Idol
7. Summer Olympics
8. Moving to Canada
9. Augmented Reality

10. Instagram

 

Notes for the discretionary reader:

– You will notice that nearly all of these recommendations emanate from the western hemisphere and that’s largely because popular culture is a western phenomenon which now permeates the globe.

– I have only included examples of items which I have consumed and hence you may find this list heavily skewed towards certain genres. Also, these are not ranked in any order.

– I have tried to only list items from 2016, however, you may find a few entries from 2015 have crept into the list. The cutoff date of the listed entries is June 30, 2016.

– I am not going to review any of the items but merely provide you with my favorites and have a link provided for you to find out more about the recommendation and enjoy the journey for yourself.

– I have included those popular culture elements which I believe have been able to permeate into the digiverse (Digital universe) and become all-pervasive in the public discourse. Some are less mainstream and cultish too!

 

Post a Comment 

Comments are closed.

Videos