Sunday, December 21, 2014 · 3:51 p.m.

ChattaPop: My pop culture resolutions

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Tomorrow is the beginning of another year. It’s 2013, and we survived the Mayan apocalypse.

Like millions of other people on New Year’s Eve, I create a list of New Year’s resolutions that are usually lofty, unrealistic and typically abandoned by the second week in February. 

And, like millions of other people, I make the kinds of resolutions that involve health, finances or relationships. You know, the kinds that are supposed to make you a better person in some way, to improve your quality of life.

Well, not this year.

This year, I’m making resolutions that revolve around pop culture. Because whether we want to admit it or not, pop culture influences almost everything we do.

I resolve to read more books this year.
At one point in my life, I was an avid reader. I used to read books as if they had an expiration date. Now, I read mostly articles and essays online. Oh, and comic books. Not to say there’s anything wrong with that. There isn’t.  But, there’s no commitment, no relationship there, at least not in the same way relationships are formed with characters in books. Online reading is made to be short, to be gotten through in one sitting. I’ve been lazy. I’ve been scared. I’ve put up walls toward books, particularly fiction. I don’t know why, some strange childhood insecurity maybe. I need to break those walls down. I need more characters in my life.

I plan to listen to more music. Period.
Music used to be my life. It’s what got me through school, breakups and my 20s. It inspired me to be a better, more creative person. As I’ve gotten older and started a family, I’ve had less time for music. Let me rephrase that. I’ve made less time for music. My music collection has grown stagnant. I want to change that. And I want to be more open-minded with what I expand it with. I’m open to suggestions.

I vow to catch up on my Netflix.
My Netflix instant queue represents the disorder in my life. Like a messy desk or a cluttered inbox, my Netflix queue has 266 items in it that either need my attention or need to go. At first, I thought it was a badge of honor, adding every TV show, movie and documentary that piqued my interest, thinking eventually I’d sit down to watch it, collecting streaming media the way one collects first-edition books. It’s time for me to face the facts. I’ll never make it through every episode of every season of every "Spider-Man" cartoon ever made. I’ve got something like four different incarnations spanning from the 1960s to the 2000s. It just won’t happen. I’ve set myself up for failure. And it’s time to stop. “Firefly”? Stay. “Family Ties”? Gone. “Good Will Hunting”? Seen it. Delete. The “Parenthood” TV series? Must watch. So, it’s a time of making choices and setting priorities. It’s a pop culture cleansing, and it will feel good.

So, what about you? What are your pop culture resolutions?

Have any music or book recommendations?

Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear them: Facebook, tweet or email me.

Charlie Moss writes about local history and popular culture, including music, movies and comics. You can contact him on Facebook, Twitter or by email. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.

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