Out of it

Google has produced a flashy Zeitgeist video about everything people search for in 2012.

My second reaction (after thinking how clever of them to claim all of popular history for the years as somehow theirs) was “Who are these people and what is going on in the world?”

i read a lot online. i watch the headlines everyday.  i like to consider myself fairly on top of things.  But i dont watch TV.  The commune bans it and i have not really had much of a relationship with it since i was a kid.  So when i went further into the top google lists for 2012, i realized how tremendously out of it i was.  These are the most searched terms for the year:

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Gangnam Style
  3. Hurricane Sandy
  4. iPad 3
  5. Diablo 3
  6. Kate Middleton
  7. Olympics 2012
  8. Amanda Todd
  9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  10. BBB12

I did not really know about half of these (Gangnam, Diablo 3, Duncan and BBB12).  The only reason i knew about Amanda Todd was the Anonymous/Hunter Moore post i did.  But it gets worse.  This is the list under images (which is the second most popular search):

  1. One Direction
  2. Selena Gomez
  3. iPhone 5
  4. Megan Fox
  5. Rihanna
  6. Justin Bieber
  7. Harry Styles
  8. Minecraft
  9. Nicki Minaj
  10. Katy Perry

i know almost nothing about half (One Direction, Gomez, Styles, Minecraft, and Manaj) and only minimally know about Bieber, Perry and Rihanna.  So the top two image searches in the world, i have not even heard of.


Who is this guy?

When i give tours of the commune, i try to stress some of the disadvantages of living this life style.  If these things are important to you, you probably don’t want to live where i live.

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About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

6 responses to “Out of it”

  1. julie blimeycharlie says :

    Look at your birth certificate Pax!

  2. paxus says :

    This is a thoughtful reply written by Mike from Ganas: Matt Sweeney I live at Ganas, and I’m not aware of many of these things either, but that’s by choice. Who is Nicki Minaj? I see the name everywhere. I have no desire to seek him or her out. Couldn’t point Katy Perry out if I saw her walking down the street, although I’m sure I must have seen her in something, if only a commercial. But all you have to do is regularly scroll down Google News and you’ll see their names. If I was curious, I’d click. Yet there are aspects of pop culture that I love–I can tell you whether or not a TV show is shot in Vancouver just from the supporting actors. And I haven’t sat down in front of a television in years, so it’s not because we have TV and you don’t. (I’m always amused–in a good-natured way–when Twin Oakers stay at my house and quickly ask to have the cable TV remote control explained to them.) Whatever pop culture you want is available 24/7 thanks to the webby-net.

    I think if you showed this list to the antithesis of a communitarian–rich old guy, only votes Republican, hates diversity–they wouldn’t know many, if any of them. This isn’t about where you live so much as what media you choose to expose yourself to. And I’m not saying run out and bookmark Entertainment Weekly, but I don’t think this is a community-specific problem. If it’s even a problem at all. I guarantee there are at least a few people at TO who know everyone and everything on the list.

    So quit scaring off potential new members with the thought that they might not be able to keep track of Justin Bieber’s every movement. As long as there’s an internet, there’s going to be pop culture for anyone who wants it.

  3. dh says :

    I would like to point out that our network attached storage is home to about a half dozen renditions of Gangnam Style (arguably the most popular song at TO), and we have our very own Minecraft server.

    • paxus says :

      what i especially love about this reply dh is i dont know if the Minecraft server part of the comment is even true. i assume this is not a dedicated hardware device.

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