Pop Culture
Apr 23, 2008, 05:52AM

Oh The Places You'll Go

Can you watch eight episodes of Lost in a day once you live in the real world? A senior's instinct tells him no, even though letting go of all  his conspicous pop culture consumption might be the hardest thing he's ever done.

"It's just that I don't feel like I've really matured when, instead of doing calculus homework, I'm shredding a Tenacious D song on a toy guitar plugged into my Xbox or simulating a sporting event on Wii by waving a remote control around like I'm trying to catch butterflies. The past four years have been a constant battle between my desire to consume pop culture and my need to graduate with a GPA that won't land me a job at the mall. And it's been kind of a losing battle.

It seems that pop culture has been more of a hindrance than a help to my maturation in college. This is supposed to be the time where I'm learning life skills and making connections for my future. And, I mean, I suppose I have gained some skills - I'm a level 35 commander in "Halo 3," and Lord knows I will destroy you in "Super Smash Brothers" with any character on any level. And as for connections? Those are with my friends as we piled into my car time and time again to go watch movies at good old Showcase Cinema (now with student rates!). We've come out shaking our heads after "Spiderman 3," hopped up on bloodlust after "300" and nodding off after "Zodiac."



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