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Anti-intellectualism

So, I'm dialling down my IQ for the weekend. Tonight I'm going to watch the Big Brother launch, because people are fascinating - even if they are annoying, fame-seeking, arrogant, loud arseholes. Tomorrow I'm going to see the Da Vinci Code. And on Saturday night I'm going up to my friend's for our annual Eurovisionfest. All these things are entertainment, and just because they're not wonderfully intelligent doesn't make them any less entertaining. (I may change my mind about the Da Vinci Code, obviously. But the book's entertaining.)

I'm feeling a touch defensive about it. I get the impression that a certain set of people - it was started by media critics, but I'm seeing it in the wild too - think intelligent people who watch these things are somehow betraying their intelligence, or betraying all the intelligent people of the country. As if we should only ever watch BBC4 and read Umberto Eco, or only go to see subtitled films. I intend to make a stand, and watch all the crap television, see all the Hollywood blockbusters and read all the trashy fiction that I want.

I've just dyed my hair red again. Maybe I should've made it blonde.

Edit: Oh! And go and draw a house on my street!

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miss_next
May. 18th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
I know a fair few intelligent people who watch rubbish, and I don't have a problem with that, as long as they don't get to the stage where they let it switch their brains off.

Can't see that ever happening to you. :-)
silentbob037
May. 18th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
And on Saturday night I'm going up to my friend's for our annual Eurovisionfest.

The whole Eurovision song contest thing just makes me laugh some times. It's this big show with all participants from all over but do you know how much actual coverage of any kind this gets here in the US? Absolutely none.
sloopjonb
May. 18th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
Well, score one for the USA!
momentsmusicaux
May. 18th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
The clue is in the title.
silentbob037
May. 19th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
True but it doesn't even show up on any of those "look at what the kooky crazy Europians" are doing now parts of the news broadcasts.
pickwick
May. 18th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
It hadn't occured to me that it would :o) Do you know how much coverage the *superbowl* gets over here? TV shows and films are shared, but cultural and sporting events, not so much.

But even we don't take Eurovision seriously. It's a chance to laugh at all the strange people dressed in strange things trying to sing and dance at the same time. And I include Britain in that...
silentbob037
May. 19th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
It is an odd thing to see how many different sports leagues in the US say that their winner is the "World Champion" in what sport they are playing. The only two US sports that can sort of make a reasonable version of the claim is the NBA or MLB and that is only because they have teams in Canada. And all you ever need to show people just how important the Super Bowl is outside of this country is to mention what time it's broadcast in that country.
pickwick
May. 19th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah, it's on about 2am here. Which is live, but still, it's not repeated the next day or anything, which Formula One and things like that are.
silentbob037
May. 19th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
Someone would have to be a serious fan to stay up until that time to see a game.
magda_vogelsang
May. 19th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
The NHL has plenty of teams in Canada, hockey being pretty much the national sport there.
silentbob037
May. 19th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
Very true. I guess I look at hockey as more of a Canadian sport that is also played in the US. A lot of this stuff tends to factor into a person's perspective on the whole thing.
carrie2004
May. 18th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
people are fascinating - even if they are annoying, fame-seeking, arrogant, loud arseholes - that would make an excellent icon. :D

And red hair rocks! I like going over to ivillage.com and using their
make-over-matic.I upload a pic of myself and try different hair styles
and colors.It's fun. :)
bunnyk
May. 18th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Heh, I added a house to your street - a sadly kiddyish one - I really can't draw! :-D
magda_vogelsang
May. 18th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
I've added a house too. Would have done better with the landscaping if I'd known I'd be able to color things in later.
pickwick
May. 19th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, I nearly went back and started again!
pickwick
May. 19th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
heh, neither can I :o)
camtarn
May. 18th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've been told to watch Eurovision solely for these guys:

http://eurovision.lordi.org/
redatt
May. 18th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
I watched some of the Big Brother launch this year. I think it would have made really great drinking game. Every time you feel an urgent need to switch the sound off, take a sip, sort of thing. I couldn't watch it regularly though because it pushes all my irritant buttons, but there are plenty of other 'trashy' things I enjoy without (much) shame. Recently I enjoyed Hyperdrive, which nobody else in the whole world would admit to liking, despite the fact some people obviously did because it's coming back for a second series.

I found the Da Vinci Code entertaining, too, though I joke about how terrible it is. I love trashy fiction every bit as much as I love, um, Umberto Eco. R, who hasn't read the DVC but has heard it on tape, enjoyed it muchly, but preferred Angels and Demons.
pickwick
May. 19th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
Heh, I didn't think they were *too* bad this year - I think only two of them really annoyed me.

Trashy fiction is great - sometimes you just want to turn your brain off. I liked Angels and Demons too, and yeah, I think I liked it more than DVC.
megamole
May. 19th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
The only use for Big Brother is a study in social anthropology and tabloid journalism...
pickwick
May. 19th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
I'm a psychology graduate working in the media. I'm watching it as a study, obviously :o)
kashandara
May. 19th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
I too have added my little contribution to your street.

However mostly what I think it says about me is that I can't draw and have serious ego problems. Everyone else drew an -actual- house... and no one else has a cemetary at the end of their path...
pickwick
May. 19th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
*giggles* But your flowers are pretty!
gwinniegirl
May. 19th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
I thoroughly respect your right to watch BB and other so-called "non-intellectual" things. Thankfully, I don't have to like it (see icon) :-)
pickwick
May. 19th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
That's all I ask :o) There are an alarming amount of people who seem to think I'm WRONG to like it, rather than just having different tastes to them.
glamhag
May. 19th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
*Quiet chuckle*

During last night's Eurovision Semi-finals, our host mentioned in passing that "America is planning its own version of Eurovision"...

*Slightly louder chuckle*

*smirk*
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