What I’ve Been Reading: April 10, 2022

I was supposed to write an essay or two in the past month, and to be honest, it just slipped my mind. So instead I’m back with thinkpiece links, both in text and video form. Today we’re covering anime dubbing, the A.V. Club, and the Oscars.

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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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On St. Vincent and Promotional Cycles

In the past few years, I’ve more or less stopped using this blog as a space to opine on things I know very little about. But seeing as I’m currently unemployed and have nothing better to do (aside from y’know, applying for jobs or honing my professional skills), today I’m going to talk about Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent.

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The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2019

Content warnings for discussions of mass violence and sexual misconduct.

I really don’t want to do this.

When I first started this feature, my list of pop cultural disappointments at least included some creative works that failed to live up to my expectations. But with each year, it seems like scandals and disasters occupied more and more of my attention. Well this year, it’s all scandals, and I just don’t have the energy to go in depth on each one, find source links, and write a compelling mini-essay.

But I’m nothing if not a traditionalist, and this is one of my blog’s annual traditions. So reluctantly, I bring you 2019: The Year in Shit. Continue reading “The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2019”