I cannot say that I am averse to pop culture.
However, if one weren't truly uninterested, it seems that one can't open the newspaper (or read it online) to learn about pop stars or actors being arrested for DUIs or having their children taken away from them.
And the same newspapers imply that some of its readers take cues from celebrity behavior: so if a sixteen year old actress gets pregnant, all sixteen year olds will follow, and this means that then we as a society should change our message to teenagers about sex. Immediately. (Never mind the legions of sixteen year olds who have had babies before this actress).
Recently, I've been interested in the proliferation of home life tv shows hosted celebrities in which they try (unsuccessfully, I think) to convince audiences that they are just like everyone else. They have arguments at the breakfast table! They tell their children that they can't have a Porsche today, but perhaps tomorrow if they make their beds!
Is all of this a part of aspirational branding or the pursuit of something better than we have? Does this mean that I should hope for the creation of a reality TV show starring a celebrity who is a single woman living in a coastal city with a cat?
How important is pop culture to you? to anyone? Even if we sit around and mock it, it means something, doesn't it?
Should I have a vested interest in watching the downfall of certain celebrities who don't seem to have anything going for them except for fast amounts of money and resources? I don't think so, but pop culture certainly implies that I should.