Problem is I loathe most contemporary culture, at least the mainstream/everyday stuff. Of course I enjoy a lot of the local/homemade/underground stuff, that's why I'm here. At least in the '50s-'70s everyday objects were built to last, and had some style to them. Nowadays we have McMansions, vinyl siding, Helvetica signage, ugly bubble cars that all look the same, etc. Know what I mean?
I like the concept of Urban Archeology, which is the study and preservation of discarded popular culture, specifically Googie style/California Coffee Shop Modern/Atomic Age/Tiki architecture, design, signage, etc. I'm starting to take snapshots of all such things in my area, before they're gone. We lose a few every year.
The written word, in the hands of all but the best writers whose work you know well, lacks the ability to express tone, irony, sarcasm, and cadence, in all their various levels, thus misguiding readers as to intent, resulting in often hostile exchanges that would not happen if the parties were speaking face-to-face.
I find imagining everyone in a crowded tavern, hovered over drinks, an effective neutralizer, so I seldom get too worked up.
Personally the thing I like the most that came out of surrealism was the idea of "automatic" writing, painting, drawing, whatever; to try and tap into your ego-less subconciousness, where dream images are the purest form of art. Something that Giger, among others, is into.