This post is about the power of Mr. T and Steve Urkel. Call it an experiment in their pop culture power, and I want to see just how much juice they bring to the Thunderdome. Hmm….this make me wonder if would they would win a tag-team, toe-to-toe with Mad Max and Master Blaster? Would Urkel’s gift of disaster (“Did I do that?”) overcome the sheer brute force of Blaster? Would Mr. T pity to fools into saying uncle? Is this even a fair fight, considering it’s really a three-on-two (or does Mr. T count for two)?
Those of you who read my site regularly may be wondering what this has to do with writing? Whether we want to recognize it or not, all writing has a purpose—and believe it or not, so does this post, but I’ll come back to that in a moment. With everything I write, I want to achieve something. With my fiction, I want readers to be entertained (purpose #1); I want them to understand my theme or get my point (purpose #2); and I want them buy it, both my point and my story (purpose #3). By understanding what I want my story to do, I can better achieve that purpose. Sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to get it right (commonly called critiquing and rewriting, for those who know the lingo), but with practice, I think I’ve gotten better at distilling my ramblings into a form that achieves whatever my purpose may be. I still have a ways to go, but if I can get better; anyone can get better.
So, coming back to Mr. T, Urkel, and Mad Max…. Asking such heady, pop-culture questions must serve a purpose beyond the idle speculatory fantasies of a overgrown tween, and in this case it does. On the advice of fellow writer Marc Schuster, I’m curious to see if pop-culture references attract more people to this site. As Marc and some of his commenters have pointed out, pop-culture references, especially Mr. T and Steve Urkel, along with links to other pages with similar pop-culture references (like here), can increase the number of hits to a site. Whether I succeed in achieving the purpose of this post or not will play out in the hits I get over the coming days and weeks. Thank you for taking part in this experiment.