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Just asked my Dad if he's seen Breaking Bad.
"Don't know what it is"
My dad seems to be just drifting away from any kind of connection with other people. He used to be really interesting to talk to. He never has anything to say anymore. They've moved out into the countryside and do nothing. It's really depressing going to see them. They don't even have a dog to entertain them anymore cause it died.
not this one. this one is not great
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when I told him my friend was doing internet dating. Doesn't get that it's now a socially acceptable thing. Might try explaining Tinder to him when I see him next and see how that goes.
can we come up with some sort of scale or checklist of things they have / not heard of for reference?
as my only xmas present this year. She got back to me saying she looked into it and even quoted the toilet queue song in a text. She must've gone on youtube.
but I doubt they've watched more than two episodes.
They'd probably know Tinder was something about online dating, and could tell you Taylor Swift was a singer, but I bet they couldn't name/hum a song by her.
and don't stop going on about it. My Dad's just started watching peep show, phoned me up to ask if i'd ever heard of it
my dad did this despite me buying the second season on DVD back in xmas 2005 and trying to get them into it. I was only 14 gawd.
Memes, pop music, fashion etc: Neither are interested at all.
They're at the stage where they're as in touch as the circular e-mails that go around several months, or even years, after they go around facebook/twitter/reddit. Most of their info comes from the TV shows that they watch: they both watch Strictly Come Dancing and ITV murder mysteries, and my dad watches BBC News and lots of box-set-type dramas (GoT, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire etc).
They live in a little town in the country - they're exactly as in and out of touch with the world as they were before the internet arrived.
on Jools' Hootenanny and what compilation CDs they have in Marks & Spencer these days.
Having said that, they are much better travelled than me, now that they've retired, having just got back from Australia and New Zealand, and having been to China and the Galapagos in recent years. They've also booked an Inca Trail trip and Northern Lights trip as well.
my parents own is probably by dire straits
My dad recently bought an HD-DVD player
He's got a NOW TV box, HD DVD player, TV with all internet shit built in etc. etc. iPhone 6. All of that.
of the Betamax right? It completely flopped.
no idea why it's taken them so long, they watch tv every night ffs
(P.S. Had to Google 'Grimes' yesterday - had not a clue wtf (s)he was.)
and mentioned it to a girl who once gobbled up my awesome music collection and she was all like "errrrr that is SO 2012 maaaaaaan". Might be a Derby thing to never have heard of grimes before 2014.
Mum loves a good rant. Old man's incredibly tech-savvy and usually has stuff before I do. Dad goes to more festivals than I do these days.
Breaking Bad, True Detective, The Wire, Sopranos - all his and all sitting in my house somewhere.
To the extent I can almost imagine what it's like when he tells them he actually read that thing on twitter months or even years ago.
Half the conversation is one of them telling me the same 'news' that the other one told me the previous week.
Conversations with mine are just my mum telling me the 'news' twice while my dad waits to talk about football/cricket.
They watch the news but my Ma only reads it on Saturdays. They are more into escapism than documentaries. Unless it's on Sky pre-9pm I doubt they'd see anything like Breaking Bad, bit violent for them.
went home the other week and it still had the plastic wrapping on
dad will be fairly up to date with some stuff, like he'll occasionally get into new bands (mostly cringeworthy ones, although he got into Taylor Swift a few years ago and my brother and I mocked him relentlessly for it but now we both love her, and he likes Eminem's old stuff) and is fairly up to date with tech stuff but he'll COMPLETELY miss the boat on other things - never heard of Breaking Bad, Kanye West, Netflix.
my mum has an iPad but she's useless with it and completely out of touch on most things, apart from maybe films.
She's still complaining she's not seen the end of Inglorious Basterds, which she's had on DVD for years but can't really work the player etc :(
Pa is pretty good with contemporary jazz and sport but nothing else. At all. Last rock album he bought was Closer back in '80 or whatever. Showed him Kid A once after BBC magazine mentioned Radiohead but he thought they were just a bad Beatles rip off.
Come to think of it they're both mortally scared of technology. Bloody hippies.
If that helps you at all.
And it's made me cry.
parents get into something about 10 years later than when it comes out, and start telling you about it like it's all new and stuff.
TV's mum has recently got into facebook and likes telling me about that. I think she thinks that anything she posts gets sent out to everyone in the world, she doesn't get that only your friends see what you post, and she is quite petrified about all her information being stolen by 'hackers'
with culture - as in sport, art & exhibitions, museums, and the music they like - Albert Lee, Bryan Adams and suchlike - they go to a lot of concerts and take a lot of holidays to exciting places. Dad is v happy with his plentiful guitars and ukuleles and they both read loads
Don't think they are really missing anything by not watching TV/knowing who Taylor Swift is tbh
Dad will watch Jools Holland and the commentary will be the along the lines of "This is fucking shit, is this what's cool now?" I have to shrug and nod my head. He stopped reading about current music around 2001 and only listens to jazz now.
would probably fit in here better than I do
Grandma reads Catherine Cookson type books and watches "dancing" and "jungle". Both much more content than people my own age so fair fucking play.
My Dad probably got left behind in the 60s, even then he hasn't even heard of VU or Zappa or anything like that. Sgt Pepper is as leftfield as it comes. He thought the White Album was a collection of B-sides and outtakes when I talked to him about it recently.
For people in their fifties. they know more tv shows than me and recommended me stuff like the wire and twin peaks etc. for Christmas I'm getting them its always sunny in Philadelphia and the game of thrones board game. with music they're a bit uncut magazine or something (but have taken me to stuff like John cooper Clarke, PiL, morrissey). My dads also really into sci fi and comics and all the stuff you nerds like.
And enjoy it.
dad can only use ebay and word games, mam has facebook and is great with computers but isn't involved with any other forms of social media or interaction.
they're not very DiS.
my mam's into crime dramas and history (books, tv, film, documentaries). mainly listens to 60s/70s soul and 80s/90s r&b but she also likes some really current hip hop and r&b. she said ed sheeran had a 'nice voice' the other day but she 'wouldn't buy his album'. enjoys puzzle and platform, handheld video games.
my dad likes football and science. only reads non-fiction and biographies. watches about one film a fortnight, is more into documentaries. will watch some of my mam's crime dramas, but draws the line at period dramas - hates them. music-wise he likes '60s and '70s soul. secretly was/is into funk and doesn't mind hip hop, but he's not really into contemporary music, as he thinks most new things aren't worth his time. i think the last album he asked for was emeli sande's when it came out (2012). doesn't really like video games, apart from handheld puzzles.
AND a tv AND a dock AND a digital radio
AND a sound bar