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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Is it time to quit it with all the ‘Star Wars’ references in pop culture?

Reader Patrick writes:

I don’t know if I’m the only one who’s noticed the deluge of Star Wars references in the last few years. It seems like there has to be one per every movie at the multiplex and everywhere else. I realize it’s a major fixture of world pop culture, but doesn’t it seem to smack of a bit of cultural myopia or laziness to reference Star Wars anymore? Mickey Mouse and Superman can’t even compete anymore.

Do you think that it’s been done to death now?

So there you go: Is it time to quit it with all the Star Wars references in pop culture? And what could take its place? What other stories in the mass consciousness have had the same affect on so many people that referring casually to them would have the same effect?

I suspect that Star Wars as a pop-culture shorthand will naturally lessen as younger filmmakers and TV writer start to make their voiced heard, because they won’t have been impacted in the same way are 40something filmmakers and TV-makers have been. Just wait till sometime around 2025, when we’ll start seeing Harry Potter references dominating.

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