Overused Pop Culture References on the Web That Should Never Be Used Again
I often read the Cracked website. Most particularly for Seanbaby, but he's not there as often as I'd like. But the rest of the week, most of the articles are fairly entertaining and informative. (side note: Well, except this one yesterday about San Francisco written by a writer who begins by saying he mainly used to live in South Dakota, only lived in SF for three months--and how did he afford to on what Cracked pays anyway?--and seems to not understand that LA, where he escaped SF to, is far worse in all the things he names, as are all actual cities. I think he just can't deal with big cities.)
But for the most part, I enjoy their stuff. But then I notice something: either their writers or most of their audience have only ever seen the same roughly ten or fifteen movies in their entire lives, or only saw the worst 80s TV cartoons. And it's not just them--this is the case across the web. To the point the references they still think are witty are now utterly played out.
And I believe there should be a moratorium. There won't be, because this has a lot to do with making sure your article is Search Engine-Optimized, and these things obviously get you pageviews. But I do not care. I am sick of all these things, and more I'm sure I'm forgetting. But these are the ones that spring to mind. For the love of god, never, ever use any of these references in your articles ever again, whether you're at Cracked or elsewhere.
I should also point out that a lot of these are things I personally don't give a shit about and never did, even as a kid, which adds to my annoyance. But mainly, I don't even think making fun of any of these things works any more. It's lazy and betrays the lack of adventurousness in your consumption of entertainment.
FERRIS BUELLER's DAY OFF (and indeed, anything with Matthew Broderick, or directed by John Hughes. Anything) BACK TO THE FUTURE STAR WARS(any of it) DIE HARD Anything involving INDIANA JONES TRANSFORMERS GI JOE SMURFS SAVED BY THE BELL MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE THE KARATE KID THE MATRIX SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION or GREEN MILE (which are hard to convince me aren't basically the same film) RESERVOIR DOGS Sorry, but WILLY WONKA(it's played out, beyond played out) Tesla OR Edison
...there are more but those are the most repetitive ones that come to mind. I invite you to add your own in the comments. ___________________
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