À ceux qui se demandent pourquoi je m'intéresse non seulement à Platon, à Lautréamont et à Garcia Marquez, mais aussi aux films d'horreur, aux comics, aux jeux vidéo et à toutes ces choses étranges desquelles un être humain sain devrait se détourner, voici une réponse de la part de Warren Ellis, que j'approuve largement :

Question : Warren, you are always talking how you immerse yourself in pop culture, using it to feed your ever growing imagination. This has always troubled me because I can only take so much American Idol and Britney Spears before my brain begins turning into coal and everything ends up looking hazy violet.
I'd like to hear what you mean by pop culture. What sources do you most commonly draw from now? There is practically nothing mainstream worth the effort anymore, so where else do you turn?


Answer : Everything is pop culture. The Japanese making little porcelain dolls of anime girls taking a shit. Floria Sigismondi music videos. Web design. Graphic novels. Pop culture isn't a blanket term for "the most dilute mainstream crap you can think of." It's whatever the currency of the culture is, its expression and iconography in the moment.
Matt Jones, at blackbeltjones.com , has found this word he's been kicking around for a while: Haecceity. The "thisness" of something. "The-thisness-of-now" and "the-nowness-of-this." That's pop culture; the way the arts surf the moment, and the way we walk the wave. That a lot of it is crap doesn't really matter. A lot of everything is crap. But if you're going to write about the world, and the way culture acts on the world, then you need to take a look at "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!"/"Celebrity Survivor" as well as listening to something really fucking good like "Go" by Kait0 or reading THE FILTH or PATTERN RECOGNITION or watching VISITOR Q.
You look everywhere. You make a point of looking everywhere. Grab a file-sharing program and use it to test stuff. (The technology's out there and complaining about it is like bitching about the shit on the floor of the barn the horse bolted from.) Enter things at random and see what you get. Or just google for free mp3s offered by artists, which works more often than you'd think. If you like it, buy some, and see what buying it leads you to. (This is why I spend more on new music than anyone else I know.) Don't just wait to see what the TV feeds you. You know as well as I do that in most places the TV exists to feed you shit. They spent a full year programming Avril Lavigne in LA and dressing her up to appeal to as many "subculture" strands as possible. She's the Monkees, and that kind of Frankensteinian creature only works if you sit there and passively let that kind of shit-radiation into your brain.
Get up and look for something new.

Je n'aurais pas grand chose à ajouter à cette tirade magistrale : la pop culture est riche d'enseignements, et livre aussi des trésors fabuleux, inconcevables selon les anciens modèles, car radicalement nouveaux ("au fond de l'inconnu..."). Tout n'est pas à prendre, et il faut garder à l'esprit que notre temps est compté, que nous pourrons voir relativement peu des beautés iridescentes que l'art a à nous offrir, mais l'on trouve, plus souvent que vous ne pourriez le croire, des joyaux précieux au-dessus de tout. Ils ne sont pas seuls, bien entendu, et il y a beaucoup de déchets, mais il est très possible de trouver un plaisir  esthétique à la plupart des travaux, ne serait-ce qu'à titre de tentatives. Les chefs-d'oeuvre du Panthéon des arts sont bien entendu d'un tout autre calibre (quoique de manière non exclusive), et il serait fou de les oublier, en dépit des assauts d'une culture dominante qui aimerait à les voir disparaître. En eux l'on découvre une étincelle, une magie éblouissante ; mon expérience m'a simplement convaincu que cette étincelle se retrouve en bien d'autres oeuvres, sous bien d'autres formes. C'est cela qui rend la recherche passionnante, et source de joies toujours renouvelables.