Friend, I know you're looking out for me, since you've known me for so long, been there when I've been down. And I always appreciate your advice and pro-tips to hack my day, and of course I usually am feeling your recommendations on books, films, food, etc
But no, sorry, I don't HAVE to watch The Wire. It might seem like a cultural travesty that I haven't dipped my toes into this television milestone. I know you're freaking out I don't know who Omar is, or that I only know Lance Reddick from his great work on Oz. Your jaw is still open, that's kinda off-putting.
See, I don't HAVE to watch anything. Nor should anyone. Did I miss out on something so educational and historically significant that I will forever feel like the outsider at the next house party? No, I don't think so.
For some reason, people want other people to see everything they've seen on screen. Maybe it comes from that deep need to feel close to someone, based simply on shared taste. But it can be annoying to be told that foregoing a TV show, any show, means I'm missing out on some grand opportunity to partake in a universal conversation that feeds every part of our soul.
No, I haven't seen The Wire. Or Mad Men. Or The Night Of. Or The Big Bang Theory. No thanks.
I'm too busy watching The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones...yeah, I know what I like and I'm already spending too many hours in front of screens. And damn...the new House of Cards season is coming soon, isn't it?
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