• Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on March 4, 2011
This week, our college freshman columnist Mel Mazuc writes about Charlie Sheen.
I’m glad she did, because I don’t have anything to say about him. Maybe if I knew more about what was going on with Mr. Sheen I might, but it seems I’m one of the few people who are not Charlie Sheen savvy.
I know that’s he been in the news lately and that apparently he’s been doing some crazy stuff, but I don’t know what that crazy stuff is nor exactly why it is newsworthy.
I just can’t get myself to care about Charlie Sheen, even though I know I probably should for my job.
Part of my job is to learn what people are talking about. People are talking about Charlie Sheen, which means I should know why people are talking about Charlie Sheen.
But, to be honest, I struggle with the pop culture stuff.
I didn’t figure out who Justin Bieber was until about a year after he was a household name. I’m still not sure why he’s famous. I couldn’t pick Ke$ha out of a police lineup. In fact, I had to look up how to spell her name.
As I get older, it seems these pop culture icons jump in and out of the mainstream at a much faster pace than when I was growing up.
As a teenager, I always swore to myself that I would be one of those adults who kept up with pop culture – to not be like my dad whose music knowledge – as far as I know – begins with the Beatles and ends with Billy Joel.
Now, I’m awash in a sea of Charlie Sheen antics, pop stars with oddly spelled names and who knows what else. I certainly don’t.
Perhaps it’s best I leave all that to Mel Mazuc and join my father in the land of Beatles and Billy Joel.
• Joe Grace is the editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 630-845-5368.