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Old 09-30-13, 12:25 PM
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They especially loved the Groucho mirror scene and were imitating it the rest of the night.
My seven year old absolutely lost it during that scene, he thought it was the funniest thing ever and imitated it for the rest of the night too (with my help).

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I went to a local Oktoberfest with a friend and there was a table of people wearing Viking helmets. I think it was a birthday party. Anyway, my friend approached them and yelled, "Spam!" Apparently they did not get the Monty Python reference. I told him that he would have been better off saying, "What's in your wallet?"
To be honest, Monty Python is a bit obscure to the general public, a lot of people from my generation probably wouldn't have gotten the reference either. Don't get me wrong, I love Monty Python, but I'm in the minority there, they are really more of a cult thing. It's not exactly Star Wars, Mickey Mouse or the Beatles.
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Yeah Monty Python has never been as mainstream as we'd like to believe. Honestly I don't care what today's idiot generation of young people choose to forget about. I won't forget about the things I enjoy and that's all that matters. They can stay obsessed with Bieber and the Kardashians all they want.
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In 100 years, people might not even remember Spuds McKenzie.
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Re: Which pop-culture icons are in danger of becoming extinct with each new generatio

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How many kids today know about The Count of Monte Cristo? It was an important part of boyhood for generations, but now it's almost forgotten.

Ditto Ivanhoe, The Three Musketeers, The Last of the Mohicans, and Treasure Island. Popular culture moves on.
The market moved on from those properties because they only have innate appeal to young boys. Most children's properties these days aren't produced by the big studios unless they have appeal to both genders.

The entire youth culture for boys has gradually been eroded in the past thirty years.
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The market moved on from those properties because they only have innate appeal to young boys. Most children's properties these days aren't produced by the big studios unless they have appeal to both genders.

The entire youth culture for boys has gradually been eroded in the past thirty years.
So what are the current childrens properties that are popular to both genders?
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I don't think it matters if pop-culture icons get forgotten. New ones are born with a new generation as it should be. Most of what we love will go to the grave and get buried with us. Why does that matter? Even if any of this stuff survives, it'll probably not be in the way we know it anyway. We got a new Captain Kirk and the world didn't end. I'd rather see new stuff be created than recreating or hanging on to the past anyway. I don't care if kids are laughing at the Marx Bros. or some new goofy group of comedians, just as long as the kids have something to laugh at.
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Historians will remember some of the pop culture from the most recent decades in the past and this current decade, but yes, the general public will know very little of what went on today.

It's all relative to what affects your life. Most people don't even know much about their own family members from a few generations ago. They just don't have a frame of reference.
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The Beatles are historical figures, not pop culture. They will be in high school/college text books if not already. There was this thing called the cultural revolution in the 1960s that changed aspects of society forever and The Beatles were a major part of it. When Lennon was shot they interrupted prime time network programming, including the Monday Night football game. They don't do that for pop culture figures.
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The Beatles are historical figures, not pop culture. They will be in high school/college text books if not already. There was this thing called the cultural revolution in the 1960s that changed aspects of society forever and The Beatles were a major part of it. When Lennon was shot they interrupted prime time network programming, including the Monday Night football game. They don't do that for pop culture figures.
What's Monday Night Football?
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I dunno, the Fast and Furious movies are really popular. SEMA is bigger than ever and import tuner cars are what the kids are wrenching on.
Car culture has changed a lot over the last decade. The import scene took off in the late 90s/early 00s but I'm not sure if it is still as strong or not. I've noticed that most of the import shops in my area have closed up over the last few years. A lot of teens that I see today seem to be more obsessed with technology.

I think the problem with cars today is cost. Cool cars are expensive and don't retain their value for shit. Even a Honda Civic today costs nearly 20K and that was usually considered the entry level tuner car. I bought a Mustang in 2002 for 30K. I looked up blue book on it today and a private sale is suggested at $6,700. That's ridiculous because a replacement crate motor would cost close to that.
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Re: Which pop-culture icons are in danger of becoming extinct with each new generatio

The ones that will more likely live on are those that can be redrawn, recast, repackaged, etc. because they are animated or have a tradition of different actors (like Bond). The OP mentioned Popeye, which is getting an animated film in 2015.

Something like Ernest P. Worrell, which just couldn't be done without Jim Varney, will be lost to future generations.
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Re: Which pop-culture icons are in danger of becoming extinct with each new generatio

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The Beatles are historical figures, not pop culture. They will be in high school/college text books if not already. There was this thing called the cultural revolution in the 1960s that changed aspects of society forever and The Beatles were a major part of it. When Lennon was shot they interrupted prime time network programming, including the Monday Night football game. They don't do that for pop culture figures.
How did the Beatles change society forever? They wrote good songs, and were an influence in pop music.

Not many people here have read big hit novels of the late 19th century like The Last Days of Pompeii, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Ben Hur. Even the films made from those books are forgotten by everyone except for the movie aficionados. Forever is a long time.
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I listen to a local Old Time Radio show every Saturday. The audience for the stuff they play is literally dying off. How many people under 30 know about Jack Benny or Bing Crosby? How many under 60 know about Fibber McGee & Molly or Amos & Andy? These folks were once icons, adored by millions.
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Originally Posted by rw2516 View Post
The Beatles are historical figures, not pop culture. They will be in high school/college text books if not already. There was this thing called the cultural revolution in the 1960s that changed aspects of society forever and The Beatles were a major part of it. When Lennon was shot they interrupted prime time network programming, including the Monday Night football game. They don't do that for pop culture figures.
Actually, they just announced it during a time-out.

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And Howard Cosell is a pop culture icon who will not be widely remembered in a century.
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None of the 20 something's I work with had ever heard this.
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Something like Ernest P. Worrell, which just couldn't be done without Jim Varney, will be lost to future generations.
It SHOULDN'T be done without Jim Varney, but that doesn't mean they won't try.

http://www.filmjunk.com/2012/10/16/e...son-of-ernest/
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None of the 20 something's I work with had ever heard this.
I still can't watch that without cracking up. One of the single best comedy routines of all time!
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None of the 20 something's I work with had ever heard this.
Yet, oddly enough, thanks to the internet it's easier to access than it was 20-30 years ago. So, some of these things may disappear...but they're always accessible and can be rediscovered. Unlike, say, vaudeville.
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Obviously guys like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill are the new Abbott and Costello.
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Once iconic figure Rory Calhoun means nothing to youngsters. Just try and say any new young star looks like a young Rory Calhoun and they will look at you like your talking poppycock.
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Obviously guys like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill are the new Abbott and Costello.
Surely you can't be serious.

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