Raph Koster is one of my favourite bloggers. He was a lead designer on the best game of all time. His blog is nominally about games but he covers a lot of the surrounding territory too. Today’s post is about the recent history of pop culture as seen through the covers of Entertainment Weekly whenever a new actor took on the James Bond role.
In 1995, with Pierce Brosnan on the cover, we see an article on â€œWhatâ€™s Hot (And Not) on Laserdisc.â€ To which todayâ€™s response is â€œwhatâ€™s laserdisc?â€ We see a pre-Shakespeare in Love Gwyneth Paltrow insisting that â€œIâ€™m more than a head in a box.â€ And the cover article asks, â€œDo we still need 007 in a post-Cold-War world?â€
In 1987, the cover was Timothy Dalton. The cover boldly argues â€œThose Silly Simpsons: Why Tracey Ullmanâ€™s Cartoon Clan Deserves Its Own Show.â€
He bemoans the ever-changing nature of pop (maybe that’s a definition of popular art? it certainly has very little to do with what’s popular)…
At any given time, pretty much everything in the pop cultural landscape is doomed to irrelevancy; the landscape is actually a landfill that hasnâ€™t figured itself out yet.
…but concludes that the ever-changing landscape gives us hooks on which we can hang our own personal memories. I like that.