The experience of any art is very subjective.  To this day, I love Jim Rhodes because the first issue of Iron Man that I *EVER* bought featured his taking up the armor for the first time, while I attribute my inability to stomach Nine Inch Nails to the exuberance of my college roommate in his love for them.  Even some of my favorite films have lost their luster as they (and I) have aged, and not just for the obvious “grew out of them reasons.”  I’m truly saddened to report that The Dukes Of Hazzard is not the epic Homeric poem that my memory made it out to be.  Still, I think the one bit of pop culture that I have soured on the most is the music of ‘Stone Temple Pilots.’  Once upon a time, I thought they were poised to be as long-lasting as Pearl Jam, as artistically transformative as Nirvana, and even bigger than the Beatles.  Looking back I have *NO* idea what is was I ever found compelling about their music, which leads to today’s love gone bad query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is truly saddened by how ‘sex, lies and videotape’ has somehow gone from an uncommon modern love story to a mating dance of four utterly reprehensible sociopaths, asking: What pop culture that you used to love has become a love gone bad?


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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. Malone_hasco on

    Batman, I guess. Just overexposure and ridiculous effort to make their money maker always be in front and center at the expense of other characters.

  2. X-men. I got tired of the “Mutants are hated” shtick. Even when Marvel dropped it for a while, they came right back to it.

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