Monday, January 1, 2018
Pondering How to Cover 2017
The theme with which I entered 2017 with The Signal Watch was: who cares?
The answer was a resounding: nobody. Get the @#$% over yourself.
This isn't something I'm upset about. It's been really nice, honestly.
Hey, listen... I'm forty-two years old and have been reading comics, watching movies, reading books and whatnot since longer than most of the folks out there dropping their hot takes have been alive.* I know the grain of salt with which I engage with any reviews I read, thinkpieces which I read (and we all read a lot of them. Blogging isn't dead, it's commodified). No greater example of "dude, I totally do not care what you think (for you are wrong)" has been the take on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where a bunch of people who had some very particular ideas about where the movies must be headed were just super disappointed.**
I've been at this blogging business long enough to know how to get clicks, and this blog is not that. That's cool. I also know that even on things where I've got some knowledge or skills, I'm not the final arbiter of anything. There are always people out there with more or different information. These digital bits which exist for people's eyes to scan or screenreaders to parse aren't going to change anyone's opinion. It's often both fun and straight up good for me to get out of my head when you guys take to the comments or social media and put up a good argument about why I'm wrong (it is less fun when I get a barrage of comments from someone whose mark of quality is Dragonball. We are just not going to find common ground.).
So with the "who cares?" perspective, I actually went on hiatus back in April and took three months off between real posts. I'm not sure anyone actually noticed. Also: incredibly freeing.
So, I suppose I could do some sort of end-of-the-year brouhaha again this year, but... man... does anyone really need another list from me? I trust you guys know what you liked this year. And, in 2017, there was so much @#$%ing content, all of it presented with so much insistence it was instantly part of the cultural lexicon that none of it was. I've never seen Black Mirror, I've never seen Bojack Horseman, and maybe three or four episodes, total, of Rick and Morty.
And I'm okay. Maybe I'll get to it, but probably not. I did just start The Orville.
When I do read a list, I guess I'm mostly only interested in those from those of you I know in meatspace or online. I don't listen to much in the way of new music, but it's always worth it to me to check out Gerry's end of the year countdown. NathanC posted an interesting wrap to the year over at TPR.
I didn't blog every movie, book and TV show I watched this year - or even close to most of them, and that means no crunching of numbers, no lists for me to ponder over.
So - in figuring what to do to review 2017 (let us bury it), I'm working on my angle. Frankly, when I remember 2017, it's not going to be for pop culture magic - it's going to be for personal matters and topics in the news. I don't know how much to get into all that, because this isn't that sort of website. But, we'll see.
More to come.
*note this worthwhile Onion AV article in which people talk about "the worst movie they've ever seen in the theater", often during formative years, and I ponder that I was in my 30's and had purchased my second house by this point
**I've now had that conversation, and our rubrics for what we were looking for were so different, it was quite curious (some people, I have learned, have a very particular view of Luke Skywalker that I am not sure the material supports and denies the characters humanity in favor of icon status).