Contesting

In fact, tried and tested is the best. Here’s a list of the top TV series, for example. Notice that the #1, Breaking Bad, ended in 2013. If people are still talking about it after so many years, it must be really good. Whatever effect marketing or “coolness” have has dissipated after some years.

Enjoy the Best, Not The Latest, Media – Kartick’s Blog

I’ve heard this sentiment before: “I don’t go for the latest, I only read classics.” Or: “There’s no point in wasting time on new TV shows, just watch ‘The West Wing.'” Admittedly, there’s value is coming back to classics, be in literature, music or movies and television, but while being a safe option, it leaves little room for formulating one’s own opinion. No matter what people say, it’s hard to approach “The Brothers Karamazov” with a “clean slate” sort of mind, unless of course you haven’t heard about it before (which can’t be the case if your goal is to reach for the classics).

I say: don’t.

Go to the contemporariest of contemporary art galleries, watch latest movies before you get the chance to read their reviews, read latest novels. That way you can contest, evaluate on your own, be part of the community that establishes what is to become “a classic,” what is good and what isn’t. Or better yet, screw the community and formulate your own judgments.

Experiencing culture without being able to contest it kills half of the experience.