The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2021

Content warnings: sexual abuse; suicide; death

This blog’s most time-honoured [citation needed] tradition returns. 2021 fucking sucked. A global pandemic raged on, the rich continued to get richer, and uncontrollable forest fires demonstrated that global warming’s effects are already here. Simply put, shit’s fucked. Viewed in that light, talking about pop-cultural disappointments feels petty. But you know what? This is my personal blog, and I’m allowed be petty and laugh at stupid things. So that’s what I’m going to do, as I’ve done every year since… -searches blog- holy shit I’ve been doing this since 2011??? How have I not lost my fucking mind yet???

A reminder: these aren’t necessarily the worst aspects of pop culture in 2021. They’re just the things that disappointed me the most, personally. So without further ado, I bring you 2021: the year in shit.

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Book Review: Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

I don’t normally do book reviews on this site, let alone for a four-year-old book. But it’s the end of the month, and I want to make at least one post in July lest readers declare this blog dead. So fuck it, let’s talk about Cory Doctorow’s post-cyberpunk novel Walkaway.

Before proceeding, please note that like all reviews on this blog, this is going to contain hella spoilers. I write reviews not as buyer’s guides, but for discussing stuff with people who have experienced the work in question. I’m doing this for free. There’s no ad revenue. I’m just blasting my thoughts into space. So feel free to tell me this is shit. I don’t mind. Anyway, further ado, let’s get our hands dirty, shall we?

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What I’ve Been Reading: February 28, 2021

This week’s What I’ve Been Reading has ended up being a monthly round-up of links from February and earlier. I don’t intend for WIBR to become a monthly round-up, but sometimes that’s just how the chips fall. C’est la vie.

In any case, this Sunday I’ve got articles about Colin Jost, Joss Whedon, and of course, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Things I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2021

As I do every year, I’m putting up a list of the pop cultural works I’m most anticipating this year, followed by a huge list of honourable mentions (mostly video games). Before we proceed, the usual disclaimers: A) Sometimes things miss their scheduled release dates, so don’t come crying to me if you’re not playing Deathloop this spring. B) We’re already a couple of weeks into 2020, so I might discuss some stuff that has started coming out.

Let’s get on with it!

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