Episode 98 – Why Pop Culture Matters

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From the clothes we wear to the games we play, we are all individuals.  Unique, delicate little flowers chock-full of free will, self-determination, and our own thoughts, dreams, and ideas.  Well, ideally we could be bastions of individuality, free from influence, but then there’s that damn pop culture thing around every corner you turn!  BAM, it’s on your TV!  BANG, it’s in your closet! BOOM, it’s EVERYWHERE!!!  Join us this week as the Monkeys are joined by their special guest (and Matt’s wife), Nikki Fuller, and put on their thinking caps to discuss why exactly pop culture is something to be paid attention to!  So, turn on the dog channel, prepare for some disappointment, and curse the Hollywood casting calls as you prepare for a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

(01:20) – Ramses does his thang and brings us teh AWESOME of the internetZ!! – Dog TV, and the Chinese Dog Zoo  – Also, Ramses’ childhood memories of Mexico, Kids in America Burger, and Hell on Wheels returns!

(06:54) – Robert gets bullied and/or is a terrorist, proves his point about never getting excited, and watches boobies. – Saints Row IV and D20 Burlesque

(13:30) – Nikki loves her some gay men and goes back to the 90’s (maybe).  – Husbands and CBS’s Reality Bites TV Show

(17:30) – Nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana, BATFLECKAlso, Nikki loves Tom Hiddleston.

(24:24) – Karen piles on the bad casting news, Bruce Willis is a dick, and new mammals?? WTF!?!  – Guardians of the Galaxy and the Olinguito – Plus, dogs are awesome, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is awesome.

(29:00) – Matt finally sticks it to Candy Crush, becomes a Shadowrunner, gets screwed by United Airlines, and is headed to Gateway 2013!

(34:24) – It’s topic time!  Robert challenges the status quo and we (attempt to) define pop culture’s purpose.  Also, bringing communities together, sharing the experience, and the transcendent quality. – Macklemore’s Same Love

(41:39) – Pop culture as a unifying force, “manufactured” pop culture, and the study of pop culture – Esquire TV, San Diego Comic Con, and Reality TV

(47:15) – Nikki brings pop culture to the classroom, we discuss the timeline of when pop culture started coming to the forefront, and the influence of the internet. – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Whedonesque, and LOST

(53:28) – Is pop culture moving too fast and the concept of “TV Show.” – Orange is the New Black, Once Upon a Time, Parks and Rec, and The Walking Dead  Also, how much influence do the fans have and screw the Nielsen rating system! – Sharknado, Finding Dory, and Blackfish

Closing Song – U Can’t Touch This (Punk Cover) – performed by Cut Down Clay

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