Dec. 31st, 2009

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I feel like I've lagged quite a bit in cultural consumption this year, but I thought I'd put that assumption to the test with a review. Compiling it all bears that out, and I think the common theme is comfort food plus back catalog, both of which are probably excusable given the events of the past year in my life. I don't want this to turn into a trend though, and in the coming year I'm definitely going to take steps to get back on the horse and seek out new things.

There are also a couple of more troubling background themes: 1. Too much of everything. I just can't keep up with even a fraction of what's out there in media and culture and politics that I would like to, and the strain is starting to tell, and also to keep me from slowly digesting and really thinking about things, and even making me avoid taking on longer and more challenging media. 2. Feeling passed by. Especially in music, but somewhat in online media too, as I've never really embraced the Twitter/Tumblr revolution and the trend towards short-form, context-free, portable everything. Hell, I still have a basic dumbphone and hardly even text anyone. Also stuff like the Kindle holds no interest for me at all, though it could if it were different in crucial ways(pricing, open formats, touchscreen). It's weird, in that I'm pretty much the most plugged-in and culturally voracious person I know, and I still feel like I'm behind the curve most of the time. I'm trying to just stop worrying about it and do what I like, but since I have professional aspirations and pretensions of expertise in these areas, I'm kind of oversensitive about it. The new consciousness that I'm on the wrong side of 30 in a youth culture arena probably also has something to do with it.

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