Anyone who spends so many hours exploring popular culture probably not only enjoys it but genuinely learns something meaningful from it. Why not have written an article truly detailing the seven things you DID learn, that changed you, in promising ways, from pop culture this year?
Such an article would have set you up for ridicule? Left you uncomfortably exposed? Probably; but the article as written has something of the smug, superior tone that Victorian gentleman brought to their articles, when they reported back to their London readers on the latest crazy goings-on in the colonies -- the kind of tone postcolonial critics now rant against as the voice of the empowered and unempathic.
Link: The Tyee