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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The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2015

Warning: This piece discusses abuse and harassment, both verbal and sexual.

It’s time for everyone’s favourite annual tradition: I present to you the ten shittiest pop cultural phenomena and events of 2015! Maybe they weren’t objectively the shittiest in a utilitarian sense, but all of them were notably shitty in ways that make them worthy of inclusion on this list. Continue reading “The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2015”

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2013

It’s somewhat of a tradition at this blog to look back at the year that was and remember the year’s biggest pop cultural disappointments. Some were crappy albums, TV shows, or video games that we were forced to endure. Others were problematic cultural phenomena. And some were disappointing not because they were terrible, but because they had the potential to be great and fell far short. So let’s take a look at what disappointed me in 2013. Continue reading “The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2013”

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2012

Looking back at the year’s disappointments has become somewhat of a tradition for this blog (if you can count doing something for two years running as a “tradition”). While I’ve made a post about my favourite TV shows of the year, and I’ve got posts about my favourite music and video games of the year on the way, I think it’s worthwhile to remember some of this year’s disappointments. Some had the potential to be good but fell short. Others were just plain terrible. So without further ado, here are the ten biggest pop culture disappointments of 2012. Continue reading “The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2012”

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2011

With the end of the year approaching, it’s time to look back on the the things that 2011 brought us. I’ll be doing some “best of” posts later, but before we can unwrap our presents under the tree, we have to count the lumps of coal in our stockings.

I’ll remember 2011 for lots of great things: the stellar third season of Parks and Recreation; the hilariously vulgar Bridesmaids; the best album of Matthew Good’s solo career, Lights of Endangered Species; the phrase “Trent Reznor, Academy Award winner” becoming unironic. But unfortunately, I’m also going to remember it for the ways in which it disappointed me. We’ll take a look at the ten biggest pop culture disappointments of 2011 after the jump. Continue reading “The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2011”