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Virginia DeBolt, AKA Old Ain't Dead

Contact: This blog is by Virginia DeBolt. Email me at virginia AT vdebolt DOT com. Tweet me @OldAintDead. Like me on Facebook. Follow me on Google+. Leave a comment here on the blog.

I love a good movie, a good TV show, a good book – a good story of any kind.

I’m old. But old ain’t dead. I’m still in the game with a unique perspective on the movies, the TV, the webisodes. This blog is pop culture through an elder’s eyes.

That means I’m one of those voices from the margins. I’m not in the mainstream, not in the right demographic, not a loud voice. But I’m seeking and finding the things in pop culture that move the culture in the right direction, that celebrate and encourage the right direction.

I’m a woman. As an old woman I feel free to fly my bias flag. I am biased in favor of stories about women and stories about women written and/or directed by women. I’ll watch stories about men, but I make a big effort to watch the TV shows and movies with women in leading roles. If your favorite shows feature hunky male action hero types, I won’t be talking about them much here.

I’m not exactly an ordinary elder – if I do say so myself I’m kind of hip. I keep up with technology, I love a new gadget, I know how to use all the features on my iPhone, I’m all over social media. This isn’t my only blog. I have a technology blog called Web Teacher and a writing blog called First 50 Words. I’ve also written for a media site called BlogHer. I’ve written several books, which I talk about on vdebolt.com. Several years ago, I wrote a Personal Manifesto that explains my point of view on Old Ain’t Dead.

So. I’m old, but in a lot of ways I think like a younger person. I have a lot of years of experience and want to talk about current pop culture and how it affects social justice, but I may not talk about it in ways that seem normal for an elder like myself. I’m hoping this oddball combination of characteristics will result in articles and stories that you’ll find interesting and maybe we can get a conversation going about today’s entertainment.

So. I’m old. In one way I’m very old. I’m a blogging dinosaur. I’m one of those old-fashioned bloggers who just wants to say some stuff. I don’t want to sell my blog to a big company and put a lot of pop up ads in your face afterwards. I don’t want you to buy anything from me. I’m just here to say my piece.

Entertainment, pop culture, whatever you choose to call it, is important. It forms who we are. So let talk about it, right here.

22 thoughts on “About”

  1. I really enjoyed listening to you at the Girls Coding session at Blogher 2013. Age shouldn’t be a boundary. You’re awesome!!

  2. Wow….I finally found someone over 50 who watches & likes all the movies & shows I do!! Love all the strong women-good actors.
    Thanks, Virginia for your voice.

    Ok…back to watching Annika Bengtzon

  3. Hey – I love your blog, your attitude and your photo, all of which I happened upon when looking for an explanation of the license plate number that Catherine was looking up at the end of Ep. 1 of Happy Valley. Thanks for catching that detail.

  4. Finally found you after searching everywhere for intelligent, readable senior blogs! I’ve just spent hours scrolling up and down your site. Could mess around here endlessly! I tried to subscribe, but found no easy way to do it. RSS took me straight to HTML. Maybe I just don’t understand it!

    1. Welcome, Diane! What you saw when you clicked the RSS was the address of the blog’s “feed.” Which is a fancy way of saying this is what gets sent out to a “feed reader” if you subscribe. So, you need a feed reader to get the feed and tell you every time I publish. If you are on either Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldaintdead) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/OldAintDead) it might be easier for you to follow me at one of those, because I mention each new blog post in those places.

      If none of those ideas work for you, just bookmark the site and come by every weekday. I publish M-F and take the weekend off.

  5. I just discovered you while googling Phryne Fisher and I love you already! Love your blog and have liked and followed you everywhere I can.
    Our age number may make us seem old but we sure as hell ain’t dead!

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