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How much culture can you fit in a year? A TSR experiment

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    One of my New Year's resolutions is to try and watch more films and read more books next year. The problem I have with resolutions though is that I find them easy to start but quickly fall back into old ways. So I was thinking about a way to track what I'm doing and motivate me to keep going, when the idea expanded into this thread.

    I'm going to create accounts on a number of websites to track the different books I read, music I listen to, videogames I play, TV shows and movies I watch, and keep these updated throughout the year. I think it would be awesome if other TSRers did this as well, and we could see how much culture we all manage to get in a year.

    The sites I'm going to be using are as follows:

    • Books: http://www.goodreads.com/
    • Music: http://www.last.fm/
    • Movies: http://www.icheckmovies.com/
    • Videogames: http://darkadia.com/
    • TV Shows: http://followmy.tv/

    If you're interested in getting involved, then sign up for a new account (it has to be a new account, as otherwise it defeats the purpose of seeing how much you've seen in 2012) for as many or as few of these sites as you want, and post your account links in the thread. For many of them you can add friends, so we can all add each other and see how much we're watching, playing and listening from the 1st of January. On top of that we can use this thread for chatting and to provide recaps for what we've been absorbing over the past week/fortnight/month if you like.

    I'll try and keep a list of members who have provided account details in this first post so they can easily be found.

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    Phalanges
    aja89
    pinkpenguin
    Ape Gone Insane
    JessicaW
    CherryCherryBoomBoom
    TSuggs
    fiona344
    OMG TOOTHBRUSH
    >Anna<
    S-man10
    Aj12
    paperclip
    Absinth
    Pheylan
    M.R.
    dothestrand
    Welsh_insomniac
    Med_Geek
    Rob da Mop
    KingMessi
    Natalie21
    LonelySoul193
    Belton42
    Charlesworth
    kevin89
    JK.
    lukejoshjedi
    Soilwork
    Pomppufiilis
    Leute
    Dante's Inferno
    The Cornerstone
    Un Libertine
    Emmie3303
    SirMasterKey
    Eileen_
    Tabers
    najabri
    ArcadiaHouse
    Pi!
    Philbert
    Jelephant
    Ronove
    Hipster's TSR Goodreads group
    DdotT
    kiss_me_now9
    Colbert
    mmckn
    spacepirate-James
    Village Whisper
    Metric
    Muffinz
    Skipp
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    My accounts:

    • Books: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7272926-phalanges
    • Music: http://www.last.fm/user/Phalanges1
    • Movies: http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/phalanges/
    • Games: http://darkadia.com/member/Phalanges/library
    • TV: http://followmy.tv/u/Phalanges
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    I'm in for the movies, will update this one from the 1st of Jan as well as my normal account!

    http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/aja89/

    EDIT: Signed up for the books too. http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7299924
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    I'm in for movies for now too :awesome:

    http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/pinkpenguin/

    Screw it, there's TV too

    http://followmy.tv/u/pinkpenguin
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    Books: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3747016-jessicaw
    TV: http://followmy.tv/u/JessicaW

    I'm going to sign up for the movie website too but it's down at the moment. Will edit it in once I've done it. Don't want to make a new lastfm account as I have about 120,000 plays on my current one.

    Edit: The reason the movie website wouldn't let me sign up is because I already have an account. I remember this website now - I spent hours 'checking' over 500 films. :facepalm2: Don't want to reset it so I just created a list for 2012 movies.

    Movies: http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/mo...2012/jessicaw/
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    Sorry, but movies, games and TV are not nessecarily cultural, if at all. Why not put theatre in there, or learn a language. Far more cultural.
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    (Original post by Aequat omnes cinis)
    Sorry, but movies, games and TV are not nessecarily cultural, if at all. Why not put theatre in there, or learn a language. Far more cultural.
    Snobbery. Why is theatre better than a movie or TV?
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    (Original post by Aequat omnes cinis)
    Sorry, but movies, games and TV are not nessecarily cultural, if at all. Why not put theatre in there, or learn a language. Far more cultural.
    How does learning a language fit within the parameters of 'Entertainment'?
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    Great idea for a thread . I've already been watching a lot of new films lately, and always been checking out new music. I'll give those other sites a try :yep:

    Here's my Last.fm (I'd rather not reset it it make a new account though :p:): http://www.last.fm/user/tik-toks
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    I have to butt in here and recommend that you all read the count of monte cristo. It's just utterly fantastic.
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    (Original post by BoxesAndBangles)
    Snobbery. Why is theatre better than a movie or TV?
    I didnt say it was. I was simply commenting that movies and television are not usually held to be traditionally cultural. That said, theatre is undoutably better, the connection with the audience is far greater. As Oscar Wilde said, it provides the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be human.

    Regards 'ape gone insane', the thread is about culture is it not? It simply happens that the op chose such culture that is generally also known as entertainment.
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    Sounds great, I'll give all of them a try, but now sure how well I'll do!

    Books: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7281978-tsuggs
    Music: http://www.last.fm/user/TSuggs55
    Movies: http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/tsuggs/
    Videogames: http://darkadia.com/member/TSuggs/library
    TV Shows: http://followmy.tv/u/TSuggs
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    (Original post by Aequat omnes cinis)
    Regards 'ape gone insane', the thread is about culture is it not? It simply happens that the op chose such culture that is generally also known as entertainment.
    Not in the way you assume, the thread was posted within the Entertainment section. I'm sure if it was meant to also refer to facets of culture outside of what is generally known as 'entertainment', it would have been posted in the Society (or some other) forum. I think it's safe to assume that the OP means culture found within entertainment mediums.
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    (Original post by Ape Gone Insane)
    Not in the way you assume, the thread was posted within the Entertainment section. I'm sure if it was meant to also refer to facets of culture outside of what is generally known as 'entertainment', it would have been posted in the Society (or some other) forum. I think it's safe to assume that the OP means culture found within entertainment mediums.
    That may well be the case, but it was not explicit in the OP and indeed the OP made no indication that the culture he wished to experience was limited to that found within entertainment mediums; thus I am still of the opinion that it was acceptable to list a non entertainment related cultural activity alongside another entertainment related cultural activity when giving alternative cultural activities in response to the OP.
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    I wish I could but I've promised myself not to read any fiction/course-unrelated books until I've finished university. I'm no good at sitting down and watching films either, but heaven knows I need to change the kind of films I watch! As for music...at the moment it's whatever plays on Radio 1.

    Hopefully life will be better once university is over :moon:

    I'll sign up in April
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    In the last year I've read approximately 375 - 400 books (a book being defined minimally as one dramatic work or epic poem, etc), seen half as many previously unseen films, took on or revisited three languages at some point, and brushed up on my knowledge of art, theatre and history. I've also been cracking on with my painting, drawing, and been writing a helluva' lot in the past six months.

    It's amazing what you can experience in what's a relatively short period of time.
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    This sounds pretty interesting...

    Movies:http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/fiona344/
    books:http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7282131-fiona
    tv: http://followmy.tv/u/fiona344

    will add a new lastFM account on Jan 1st, since if I do it now I'll either have this years data in it, or completely forget to sign in.

    EDIT: LastFM


    (Original post by Aequat omnes cinis)
    Sorry, but movies, games and TV are not nessecarily cultural, if at all. Why not put theatre in there, or learn a language. Far more cultural.
    Culture is about the way of life, are you suggesting that Theatre is a greater influence of modern society than TV?
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    I'm up for this, probably just the books and movies. I'll make accounts when I have time and edit this post to include them. I'm posting now so I'll be more likely to remember about this...
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    I'm up for this! I start with good intentions, although I can imagine I'll have forgotten about this/won't 'have time' by February...so I may need a little friendly bullying :p:

    Movies: http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/_anna_/
    Books: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7282364-anna

    I might join TV and music...maybe.
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    (Original post by fiona344)
    This sounds pretty interesting...

    Movies:http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/fiona344/
    books:http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7282131-fiona
    tv: http://followmy.tv/u/fiona344

    will add a new lastFM account on Jan 1st, since if I do it now I'll either have this years data in it, or completely forget to sign in.




    Culture is about the way of life, are you suggesting that Theatre is a greater influence
    of modern society than TV?

    I am suggesting that TV is not cultural per se. The first bullet point definition on the Wikipedia article for culture is 'excellence of taste in the fine arts and humanities'. It goes on to say the concept first connoted a process of cultivation or improvement. TV fits neither. Indeed, it is a sad reflection of today that TV has such an influence on modern society. Perhaps if we all went to the theatre there would be far less dispute.

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