keeping myself distracted with pop culture

I’d like to thank everyone who wrote in to encourage me in my struggle to make it this first week “24”-free. In another five minutes, this week’s episode will be over, and I will have irrevocably severed the cord with my favorite television show. Hopefully, the gaping hole left in my life won’t just fill up with other torture-porn, or, worse yet, one of producer Joel Sunrow’s other patriotic entertainment offerings. So far, I’ve been distracting myself with images of the bald Britney Spears, stories of a terrifying guerilla marketing campaign unfolding in Ann Arbor, and video footage of a West African email scammer reenacting Monty Python’s “Dead Parrot” sketch, and it seems to be working. Next week, I may need some hand holding, but, as of right now, I feel pretty good about my decision. Of course, I still haven’t deleted this episode of “24” from my Tivo’s hard drive. (Will any of you be free at 3:00 AM, if I need an emergency intervention?)

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7 Comments

  1. robr
    Posted February 19, 2007 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    You want love and understanding, after you posted a cosmic anus to peruse? Sorry. Your on your own, bub!

  2. Jack
    Posted February 20, 2007 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I’m still awake, so I guess I could hold out until 3:00.

  3. mark
    Posted February 20, 2007 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Jack. I made it… And I’m heading across the room right now to get it off Tivo.

    I also forgot to mention that the last link in the post above came via MetaFilter.

    And, for the record, I did not cause the universe to “flash the goatse.” I merely reported it.

  4. ol' e cross
    Posted February 20, 2007 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    The current New Yorker has very fine article on Surnow and the show.

    I’ll offer this teaser that tells of a meeting U.S. military had with the producers to try to get them to stop with the torture stuff as it was corrupting their troops:

    The third expert at the meeting was Tony Lagouranis, a former Army interrogator in the war in Iraq. He told the show’s staff that DVDs of shows such as “24” circulate widely among soldiers stationed in Iraq. Lagouranis said to me, “People watch the shows, and then walk into the interrogation booths and do the same things they’ve just seen.”

  5. cleo love-paste
    Posted February 20, 2007 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    For what it is worth, “flash the goatse” can be sung to the tune of “shock the monkey” quite beautifully.

    Commenting isn’t as intimidating as I thought that it would be.

  6. t.d. glass
    Posted February 21, 2007 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I’m tempted to Google “flash the goatse” and see what comes up.

    And speaking of goatse, was anyone else completely blown away by last night’s episode of “24”? I thought for sure that Jack was just going to knock out that ACLU lawyer.

  7. mark
    Posted February 22, 2007 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    When I bumped “24” off of the Tivo, I thought that I was safe… But then, today, I discover that the episode is available in its entirety, for free, online. The universe, I’m thinking, wants me to see it.

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