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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What I’ve Been Reading: June 13, 2021

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with each other. How are you doing? Are you doing okay? Are you feeling comfortable in your skin? Would you like to slither out of that skin and grow a new one? How digested is that rat you swallowed whole? Don’t you think that legs are stupid and useless? Isn’t having a forked tongue cool?

Anyway, today we’re talking about COVID, nature, and tech.

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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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The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2020

Content warnings: self-harm; suicide; sexual harassment; abuse.

Every year, I run down the biggest pop culture disappointments of the past 12 months. This time around, it’s tempting to just write, “THERE WAS (AND STILL IS) A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, YOU MORONS,” and simply leave it at that. But 2020 brought a lot of disappointing pop culture, so in contrast to last year, when the list filled up with scandals, I have actual creative works to discuss this time around. Silver linings: take ’em when you see ’em.

A reminder: these aren’t necessarily the worst aspects of pop culture in 2020. These are the things that made me feel the worst. Sometimes they’re things that had the potential to be good, but fell flat. Other times, they truly are just turds. With that out of the way, let’s roll up our sleeves and get elbow-deep in shit.

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What I’ve Been Reading: May 17, 2020

Normally when I post What I’ve Been Reading, I link to actual articles. This time, however, two of the things I’m linking to are Twitter threads. The reason I’m doing this is because I didn’t want this blog to go the entire month of May without updating, and I didn’t know when I would find another article worth sharing. That being said, there’s plenty to comment on this week, so let’s get to it shall we? Read on to get the scoop on Chinese foreign policy and, yet again, the COVID-19 pandemic.

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