Pop culture overload

I’m a pop culture junkie. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s I had three ways of finding information – TV, magazines and books. What interested me the most were stories about films, video games and world changing events and I would get a glimpse here and there. I would dream about seeing strange movies and clips like Andy Kaufman doing Mighty Mouse or Lee Harvey Oswald being shot by Jack Ruby.

  

It might seem trivial but there was simply no way for me too see these moments of legend until some time in the mid 90’s when the internet emerged. Once I found them I wanted more and over the past 20 years I’ve seen just about everything. Here’s a gem:

I would even say that I’ve seen too much. I say that because at some point I realized that having access to too much content, makes me want the content less. Since we can now reach any song, movie and image anywhere anytime, it just doesn’t seem like anything’s that alluring anymore. Using Google images, Spotify, Netflix and YouTube I can pull up any piece of media I would ever want.

I’m thinking about it as sort of a Rosebud, a simpler time when there was a longing to see something rare and true joy when finding it. I didn’t see Citizen Kane until I was 19. Now I wish I still had it ahead of me.

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