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Thoughts For Thursday: Things I Don’t Care About

April 21, 2011 · 66 comments

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Do you ever look at the headlines and think “who are they even talking about”?

That is basically how I feel, especially when it comes to Entertainment ‘News’.

I guess it isn’t just that I don’t know who these people are, but that there are plenty stories in the media that I just have zero interest in.  The following is a list of  people/events/shows/etc that seem to captivate many others, but not me:

  1. The Royal Wedding. I don’t think I watched Diana marry Prince Charles, and I really can’t wait for Prince William to hurry up and get his wedding over with.  I know many people are fascinated with royalty, but I am not one of them.
  2. Any reality show ‘celebrity’.  I admit, I enjoyed the first few seasons of the Apprentice, but the contestants on the Apprentice weren’t over-exposed like Snooki and others.  Isn’t there someone called ‘The Situation’?  I don’t know.  Oh, and that one person that had billions of plastic surgery operations at one time, was that Heidi Pratt?  That story completely creeped me out and is a horrible example for teens everywhere.
  3. Award shows of all kinds. I cannot sit through hours of totally scripted commentary and fake laughter to find out who won what.  I am perfectly happy to read a story about the awards the next day, and I will promptly forget who the winners were.
  4. Fashion trends. Each season, I will read a magazine or see a program featuring what the latest ‘in’ thing is.  It might be wedge shoes, maybe it is huge floral prints.  Regardless, I wear the basics because I don’t want to buy a new wardrobe each year.  I may be a “Fashion Don’t”, but if people only like me for my clothes, then I won’t miss them when they disappear from my life.
  5. American Idol/Dancing With the Stars. I know this is tied to item #2, but I have no interest in who gets kicked off ‘Idol’, who pulls a muscle on ‘Dancing With the Stars’, etc.  I know plenty of people will disagree with me on this one, but neither of those shows interest me.  There is obviously something great about these programs as they have a huge following, but they just aren’t for me.  In all honesty, I would rather watch reruns of ‘Frasier’ or ‘The Waltons’.  (Yes, I said The Waltons…)

I could probably go on and on about this topic, but maybe I will make another post at a later date.

So, do you think I am crazy to not sit back and enjoy American Idol?  Is there anything out there that seems very popular, but just not to you?

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Nicole April 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

I read about Dancing on E! through cnn.com. Helps me feel in tune with popular culture or something. I kind of miss knowing what the Ann Taylor colors for the season are, not because it affected my purchasing at all, but because I found it bizarre and interesting how dictated by that folks in Boston were. Around here there’s no trend to buck. (Well, other than the ubiquitous school colors.)

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I am so clueless that I didn’t even realize Ann Taylor subscribed to a certain set of colors each season. Although I will say that I am having the hardest time finding a red shirt, so red must be ‘out’ this year. (true red, not magenta or purple)

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Nicole April 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I didn’t know either until we moved to the East Coast. Every season they’re allowed 3 colors. Black, some sort of off-white, and the color for the season. I’ve heard that NYC is a year ahead of Boston in colors.

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Moneycone April 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

I read entertainment news headlines but my attention spam is less than that of an 8 year old!

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

What is kinda sad is that I can probably pay better attention to some entertainment news than the bickering that goes on in politics.

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101 Centavos April 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

Nah, you’re not that crazy…. I catch up on pop entertainment news by osmosis. I do the bills and expenses in the family room, and the TV is on for background noise.

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

101- I think I get most of my information these days by osmosis. Maybe someone is putting a Star Magazine under my pillow at night?

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The Biz of Life April 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

All these things all into the time-waster category for me. They’re ok to watch if you need some mental down-time, but the add no value to your life.

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Biz, I don’t think most entertainment adds value to your life, but I guess I enjoy some entertainment more than others. I love a great comedy, although I guess it does add value because it lightens my mood.

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Jacq April 21, 2011 at 9:27 am

Yeah, I find that with blogs or books that people think are so great too – The Four Hour Work Week, The Happiness Project, Eat Pray Love…
I don’t watch TV so can’t speak to the shows, and have about as much use for a fashion magazine as a nun would. Yet I do like to dress nicely, I just don’t research it.

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Jacq- I think it is different to look ‘classic’ vs. trendy. I always laugh at the things in fashion magazines, they would all look so ridiculous on me. Maybe if I was 20 years younger and 8 inches taller.

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First Gen American April 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

I don’t do primetime. Never really got into it ever. So don’t expect me to know what Lost is all about and I didn’t have any kind of withdrawls from any of these shows being over.

I’d put most organized sports on this list too. The only one that I care about (and barely) is baseball. People get so emotional about sports teams. I find it a little nuts.

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

First Gen, I think Lost has been off the air for awhile now… 🙂 (I never watched it either. Too big a commitment.)

I love watching baseball. Probably because it takes me back to my childhood. However, my soul is not invested in any game, and I can’t say my mood is ever adversely affected by a loss.

I do love The Office and 30 Rock on prime time though!

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Money Reasons April 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

This article could have been me writing it, except for

4. Fashion trends. – While this is a great idea, I don’t follow the trends like I use to. But it makes sense (especially if you have kids that want you to look in snyc with the times!) My wife does coach me though, so I just follow her lead in this area 🙂

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

MR- I wonder if my kids wish I was more fashion-savvy! However, they don’t really care about it either, which has kept more money in the bank for me!

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Money Reasons April 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

My daughter (who is 7) already is starting down that fashion road. I think eventually she’ll probably be highly critical of my choice of cloths and my fashion sense…

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Donna Freedman April 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I don’t own a TV and I don’t care about fashion. Hopelessly out of it — but that’s where I choose to be.
I spent three weeks in the U.K. recently and it’s all “Kate and Wills,” all the time. Calendars, T-shirts, posters, plates, mugs….I just don’t get it.
Whatever makes people happy. I guess.

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I don’t get why he is called Wills. Can you explain?

How nice to spend a few weeks in Europe!

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Donna Freedman April 22, 2011 at 4:22 am

I think “Wills” is just an affectionate shortening of the name “William.”
Just FYI: They were three pretty frugal weeks. Hostels, the Megabus and eating mostly from the supermarket were the only reason I could afford three weeks there. But it all made for some, uh, interesting experiences. If it’s kosher to post URLs, here’s a link to what I wrote just before leaving and while I was there:
http://www.donnafreedman.com/tag/u-k-trip/

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Kris April 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Feel free to post URLs that are so darn interesting!

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krantcents April 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

American Idol may be the most popular show, but I don’t watch it! Maybe, I am not in their target market? Fashion wise, my wife would probably say I haven’t changed! I am still preppy. I am not oblivious to the realty shows, award shows and royal wedding, however either I don’t watch it or I am doing something else while it is on.

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I somehow know what is going on too, and I am not sure how. Although the Royal Wedding publicity cannot be avoided.

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Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager April 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Totally agree with you. I’ve never gotten why reality TV is so big. It’s not even real! Unless you are talking about Hoaders, I’ll admit I enjoy watching that show when I’m randomly home for an hour.

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Jenna, I think I might be somewhat of a hypocrite because I love home-type reality shows, which I guess Hoarders might fall under. I think it is the ‘competition’ reality shows that I generally stay away from.

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Dave M April 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I completely agree with everything on your list! I especially can’t stand reality shows. It drives me crazy that my gf enjoys watching them!

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Dave M, how long until you will convert and become a reality show fan? I guess it depends on if the girl is worth it or not. 🙂

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Jacq @ SMRM April 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Oh! I know another thing I don’t care about that other people seem to that I just don’t understand. Page ranking and alexa and all that bloggy stats stuff. Although I did check my readability and apparently I write at an elementary school level. Woohoo! I’m as smart as my 5th grader!

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Kris April 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Jacq, you and are equally simple because I too apparently write at an elementary/primary school level. (Did I use too many big words in that sentence?)

The only reason I care about page rank is I want advertisers to pay me insane amounts of money to advertise on my blog. Other than that, none of it matters to me.

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Jacq @ SMRM April 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

The thought just occurred to me that maybe we just sound childish. 🙂

I delete those ad messages. I wish they’d quit annoying me. It’s like someone wanting to put a sign on my lawn. I find it kind of rude of them to ask.

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Barb Friedberg April 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Kris, This is where you and I differ. Can’t wait for the royal wedding! Love dancing with the stars! Only reality shows I really like are on HGTV (oh and Millionaire Matchmaker ) 🙂

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Kris April 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Barb, do you ever watch Million Dollar Listing on Bravo? I love that show too, and HGTV.

Most people like Dancing with the Stars and care about the Royal Wedding. I am the outlier.

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Squirrelers April 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I agree with each of these. My interests are elsewhere.

In particular, I don’t care about the royal wedding or any of the hoopla surrounding them. I never understood the hysteria over anything related to one particular family. But, that’s just me.

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Kris April 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I think everyone should be interested in my family and listen to my stories though! 🙂

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Suba @ Wealth Informatics April 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

We don’t have cable (so no ads) and my google news front page is customized to give me just what I want. Sometimes I feel like a really old lady when I don’t know who got kicked out of the idol or any reality shows. I have tried looking them up just so I won’t feel like an idiot during those lunch conversations, but I gave up. I just don’t get them. Now I just smile and say “I have no idea what you are talking about” and just listen. Oh and I had no idea Ann Laylor did colors by season!

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Kris April 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I used to worry about my kids not being ‘in the know’ because they watched very little tv when they were young. However, they survived, just as you did! 🙂

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Edwin @ Cash The Checks April 22, 2011 at 5:23 am

I’m getting rid of cable tv soon and I can honestly say I won’t miss the countless reality shows that are all over the cable networks.

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Kris April 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Edwin, I don’t think I could handle getting rid of cable entirely because I love HGTV and Tiger baseball games! I think it is great you can give it up, you will probably have more spare time now!

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Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer April 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

I wish I didn’t like those things and I would have more time to spend on my blog. 🙂

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Kris April 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Hey, everyone needs to have some down time Kay Lynn. Believe me, I still watch tv. I just haven’t been interested in the reality ‘competition’ shows. However, I could watch home shows all day long.

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