An article in Salon questions whether shows steeped in pop culture references will be watchable by future generations. The underlying issue is much broader. If postmodern culture serves as the punchline to a joke whose setup is the decades of pop culture that preceded it, can any of it–music, movies, books, TV–be comprehensible to future generations who are so saturated by their own contemporary culture as well as new online media that they have no familiarity with the underlying references? And does it matter, or is this simply the forefront of Generation X’s collective mid-life crisis?
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