Common wisdom holds that a movie is one of the worst options for a first date. It makes sense. Sitting for upwards of three hours in a dark room where you will literally be shushed for any attempts at communication probably isn’t the best way to get to know some one. Nevertheless, movie dates remain extraordinarily popular. In fact, going to the movies is one of the great communal social outings.
It’s slightly strange to go to a movie alone. There’s a correct way to do it. Catch a matinee. Skip work or class if possible. Avoid anything resembling a blockbuster. Sneak in some food. You’re probably paying $10 to see this movie. You should enjoy it.
Why have I spent so much time thinking about this? Because The Avengers comes out today and I really want to see it, to the point where I considered going to the midnight screening alone (my friends are lame. Apparently midnight movies are for teenagers and various other delinquents). Between sitting next to a group of strangers and a 9 AM class, I’m missing out on an (assumedly) awesome movie and gain a couple measly hours of sleep.
There’s still a fundamental problem with seeing a movie alone. No matter how satisfying the movie itself, you’re going to want to discuss it afterward. This is true of
pretty much all forms of entertainment. Books get loaned, gatherings are held for television season premieres, YouTube videos are tweeted, and no party is complete without a soundtrack.
The exceptions to this are pornography and podcasts and since this is a family website, I’ll focus on the latter.
For a while, I’ve suspected that everyone around me is missing out on the plethora of great podcasts floating around the internet. As a self-appointed purveyor of good taste, I felt some sort of responsibility to get the word out. There’s even a draft of that article somewhere in the depths of my hard drive.
But there’s a serious flaw in my train of thought; It’s based on the fact that I’ve never heard anyone else discuss podcasts. Of course, I’ve never discussed them with anyone. In my life, they exist in a social void.
I tend to listen to them on my morning commute, when washing dishes, or going for a jog. Pretty much whenever I want to distract myself from what is actually happening in reality. Literally every single person around me could be doing the
same thing and I would have no idea.
If you have an obscure interest, chances are there’s a podcast. Survival skills, guns, Legos, meditation. There are several hours every week produced and released with varying degrees of quality. It’s another step toward the
complete individualization of culture.
Luckily, there’s always the awkward first date movie to keep us social.
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