I am Umar H. Soaries, aka Dafixer on the interwebs, and this is my website/blog. It’s my little corner of the online world where I voice my feeling and opinions on everything Pop Culture from an urban geek’s ponit of view. I’ve worked in IT, Programming, Administration, Education, Wed Development and Online Marketing for most of my over 50 years and I love Pop Culture. I think it’s part of any functioning society. Without Pop Culture, we have very little in the way of imagination and productivity and most importantly – distraction. Because there’s good and there’s bad, but something the bad seems to stick like mold in the sharp corner of a bathroom tile. Pop Culture is our imagination come to life and without imagination, societies would stagnate or be swept into the closet of repression. Pop Culture is more than what pop star had a meltdown or what movie star/director/producer is doing what summer blockbuster. Pop Culture is more which just-turned-eighteen pop star is showing her ass on social media. Pop Culture is part of us. It’s the Force. It surrounds us, binds us, and gives us the idea that there’s another way. .most times, a better way. It’s the end result of what integrates into our language, art, music, science, TV, movies, books, education, entertainment, and sports.
Pop Culture is defined as “modern popular culture transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at younger people” therefore people automatically relate it to only stories around media. Wikipedia has the better definition:
Popular culture or pop culture is the entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture.
Because the word “pop” is in front of it, the immediate image is a “pop star.” Pop stars are not Pop Culture. They a tiny part but a very loud part. Pop stars are the purse dogs of Pop Culture, barking loud but small enough to play kick into an endzone. Pop Culture is pretty much anything the changes the language, outlook, opinions and relationships and storytelling within a given society. It’s not limited to “Western Cultures” – which people in Western Cultures thinks because of their massive amount of ego-meets-arrogance begets a shit tone of pure hubris serve with Checkers milkshakes and a side of kale. Every society, class, race, country, and region has its own form of Pop Culture. And these days the lines between the societies are blurring as we more and more become a global community. (And make no mistake, the Global Community is happening despite the old guard, it’s coming faster than a speeding bullet and as unstoppable as a a lie from a politician’s mouth.)
Thinks about it. Manga has a world-wide following, as does Doctor Who and K-Pop. Social Media is the catalyst to major changes in areas once thought implacable. A president of the United States won every step of his race with Twitter. Commerce has changed. The barrier of communication is being shattered with 4G and apps. 80% of the science fiction that was on Star Trek is not facts of our daily lives. (Except flying cars and warp drives. Hurry the fuck up scientists, my life is ending a second at a time over here.) Movies are made with the court of public opinion and the profit is a matter of world spending rather than domestic. Marvel has made the entire world experts on their insane continuity, and almost every place on earth has a comic con. Robots are visiting our brother and sister planets while the entire world gets to watch and see what they learn. Geeks are now both a fashion statement and a badge of status. We carry the history of the world’s music in our pockets, and anyone can start a profitable business simply with the touch of their smartphones. This is Pop Culture. Nuff Sed.
So my blog and marketing and even politics come from my love and fascination with Pop Culture. Of course, I’ll be writing about trends and movies and comics and even the occasional related story. Of course, I’ll be selling products that have to do with my areas of expertise and fandom. This is Umar H. Soaries, aka Dafixer, and this is my little piece of the world where I get to talk about the things that on my mind – Pop Culture.