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Popular Culture: “So Say We All”


My wife was puttering around the house the other day while my daughter was watching  Netflix streaming.  Half listening to what was being said in the TV, my wife heard a familiar phrase, “So Say We All.”  She couldn’t wait to tell me about it.

If you are not familiar, “So Say We All” is a phrase used as an affirmation by the surviving humans on the reboot of ‘Battlestar Galactica’.  What’s important here is that my daughter wasn’t watching Battlestar Galactic when this was said; she was watching on Ben 10.

The lines have definitely blurred. Pop culture is our culture now. Everything is a reference to something else and if you are savvy enough in pop culture to catch the references, it usually makes things all-the-more enjoyable (well, for me anyway).

I love sitting down to watch ‘My Little Pony‘ or ‘Phineas and Ferb‘ with my kids because those shows are rife with pop culture references (and they are just, in general, entertaining). In fact, I’m pretty sure when my children have grown and they sit down to watch some old movies, they will realize that at least a dozen movies have been spoiled for them because of the cartoons they watched as children.

Man, that’s going to be a rude awakening.

I’ve pretty much given up on trying to spot or call out all the pop culture references in the cartoons my children watch because there are just too many. I’m not exactly sure when this movement started but it is completely pervasive and I love it. I guess it happened because people my age are the ones now writing these cartoons and television shows. They are the children who grew up during the true rise of popular culture. The children who would wake up every Saturday at 7am to watch ‘The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo‘, ‘Monchichis‘, ‘Smurfs‘ and ‘Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears‘.  The kids who ran home from school to watch ‘He-Man‘, ‘She-Ra‘, ‘G.I. Joe‘, ‘Ghostbusters‘ and ‘The Real Ghostbusters‘ (yes, there were two Ghostbusters cartoons!). The children who got to go to the movie theaters and watch Mola Ram rip a still-beating heart out of a man’s chest because ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom‘ was rated PG (note: this is the movie that basically hastened the creation of a PG-13 rating!)

These shared experiences in our culture give us a common language and ease communication. I’ll be honest, I can pretty much quote, verbatim, numerous episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ (as well as dozens of other TV shows) and I use these quotes in casual conversation to convey a meaning or emotion. Consider it ‘Common Speech’ among nerds. (It’s also an easy way to determine whether or not the people I am are talking to are picking up the nerdery I’m the laying down).

In the end, I’m fine with all of this “pop culture” inbreeding. It gives me something I can relate to with my children and it makes the ingestion of children’s television that must more palatable.

“So Say We All”

How do you feel about our pop culture society? Is it something you enjoy and take pleasure in or something you actively avoid?