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Being out of touch with pop culture

I woke up this morning and discovered what South Africans have been tweeting about overnight:


As Tom Lehrer says, this, I know from nothing.

I don’t recognise any of them. I ask my wife, who’s the football fan in the family, if any of them are well-known soccer players, but she hasn’t heard of most of them either,. Perhaps they are soap opera characters, and we don’t watch the soaps on TV. We occasionally watch quiz shows, and most of what we know about soaps comes from questions asked on quiz shows.

Still, it’s interesting to see what South Africans are obsessing about less than a month before a general election. Is this the freedom we fought for?

I’m still trying to work out who to vote for, but some of the parties seem very shy and to have a minimal social media presence. Does anyone know anything really bad about the African People’s Convention (APC) and their list of candidates? Their only MP, Themba Godi, seems to have done a reasonably good job of chairing parliamentary committees, and that’s about all we know.

But none of the parties or candidates seem to be trending on Twitter this morning.



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4 thoughts on “Being out of touch with pop culture

  1. Photini on said:

    These names are all from a book series turned TV series called The Game of Thrones.

  2. I’ve now watched the first four episodes of Game of Thrones (our son has them on DVD), and I now know that Bran, Sansa and Arya are siblings and that Jon Snow is their half-sibling.

    I’ve also concluded that the attraction is that thew whole thing is an allegory of South African politics set in another universe. Julius Malema wants to demolish the Ice Wall (unlike Trump, who still has to erect his). And the seven kingdoms of Westeros represent the seven main political parties, and the characters in Game of Thrones keep trying to kill each other just like rival ANC leaders in KZN and the DA and Aunty Pat.

    They call it “High Fantasy”, but after watching four episodes I’m beginning to think it’s much too much like real life.

  3. Pingback: A Game of Thrones: sword & sorcery at its best | Notes from underground

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