As a rule, your humble MS-QOTD tries not to make questions that are all negative and filled with spite and recriminations: For one thing, it’s very emotionally draining, and for another, we have the entire innernets if you want to listen to people rage against their particular machines.  Still, the Faithful Spoilerites are a pretty cool bunch, so I trust that you guys won’t bury me in ragehatefacery if given a chance to play a little “out with the old” in our pop culture wheelhouses.  Thus, we have to consider what we would do if we were given the Infinity Gauntlet (with a strict set of limitations because Thanos is kind of a jerk) leading to today’s omnipotent-only-not-really query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would like to request that Faithful Spoilerites not target specific real-world individuals, but rather characters, tropes or bits of business, asking: If you could utterly erase one thing in all of pop culture, what would be your choice to go out with the old?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I would impose at least a decade long ban of “hero gone evil” stories from comics. No, disease or green alien stones aren’t valid reasons either.

    • What about stepping on a LEGO barefoot? They haven’t used that as a reason for a hero going evil yet!

      No, I agree. It is a fun concept when done well and done sparingly, but it has been so overdone in the last couple of decades or so that I’ve come to cringe every time it happens. Even the good ones are just lost in a sea of “oh, this story again”.

  2. Despite the lovely soundtrack to Birdman, I would flex my fist and clench the gauntlet and erase drums/drum machines from popular music. The consequences would be far reaching and unpredictable from the timing of popular songs to the rhythmic drumming of movie sound tracks. Would it be replaced by something else? Would tempos and rhythmic patterns be looser? Would more instruments be incorporated into performances and recordings to fill in the missing low end and high sizzle? I would be very fascinated to find out.

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