Pop culture is a reflection of social change. Part of me used to be ashamed of how much I loved it, but only recently I’ve realized how lame that was of me.
Things are popular for a reason. Sometimes is solely because they are marketed well or have die-hard fans that will support anything. But mostly, it’s because they’re good or enjoyable. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s targeted at the masses, not intellectuals or specialists.
You don’t need to make anyone (ahem, me) feel like less of a person just because they enjoy pop music. Those bops just get me going.
In this post-grad time of life, I’ve often turned to aspects of pop culture for companionship, entertainment (obviously), advice, or a distraction. When I lived alone for a short time, podcasts were constantly playing in the background. I’d end a hard shift at work by watching a new comedy show every couple weeks. And Spotify Discover Weekly has brought some amazing music into my ears.
Here are some pop culture nuggets that have been a big deal in my life recently:
- Arrested Development [TV show: Hulu]
- A show about a family that is probably more dysfunction than yours. Lots of puns, understated jokes & people you’ll recognize from other places.
- My Favorite Murder [podcast]
- Not for the faint of heart. A true crime podcast with a healthy dose of laughter. [Language advisory]
- The Bold Type [TV show: Hulu]
- If The Devil Wears Prada was a TV show & all the women actually supported each other. [Content advisory]
- Female musicians!!
- Kesha, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, HAIM, TLC, Betty Who, Hey Violet, Cardi B & Courtney Barnett – to name a few!
- Big Little Lies [HBO mini-series & book]
- It’s either a book you can’t put down or a show you can’t peel your eyes away from. Strong women with complicated lives become connected when their kids all start school together. [Content/language advisory, come on, it’s on HBO]
- Sleepless in Seattle [movie soundtrack]
- I found it at Goodwill for $0.50 and it’s been in my car for months! Some classic big band songs that are good for any kind of mood.
- Jane the Virgin [TV show: Netflix, The CW]
- An American telenovela with a gorgeous cast, hilariously absurd storylines, and a narration that goes above & beyond.
- Text Me When You Get Home [book]
- An in-depth look at female friendships & their development over time. (Are you sensing a pattern with my tastes? I am) Also contains lots of other pop culture references, which is one of my favorite things that books do.
- The Standups [TV show: Netflix]
- Stand up comedy. Need I say more?
- Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles [album]
- I know it came out in 2008, but it never gets old. Perfect for a drive.
- Stuff You Should Know [podcast]
- The widest range of topics ever. You can learn everything from what crime scene cleanup entails, to the science behind baking, to how the Secret Service works.
- I love trivia, so this is always an interesting listen. If you’re a lifelong learner, or miss learning for the enjoyment of it, this is the podcast for you!
- Lady Bird [movie]
- In my humble opinion, this movie depicts the “coming-of-age” time of life better than anything I’ve ever seen. Regardless of your situation, it’s the raw emotions that can resonate with everyone.
I encourage you to document this stage of your life, whatever it may look like. I keep a line in my journal reserved for what I’m listening to, watching, or reading. It helps your fully immerse yourself in it when you want to recall the memory.
Are there any aspects of pop culture that really helped you through a particular time? Share them in the comments below!