I still remember in junior high, this girl was wearing a bunch of New Kids On The Block pins on her jeans, and when I expressed ignorance over who was who she gave me this utterly stupefied look like, "Are you SERIOUS??" Because it was SO important and earthshattering that I know the names of the individual New Kids On The Block.
I've found that a lot of the times these things that "everyone" is supposed to know are really unimportant, in the long run. Cripes, just on this forum, people toss around "Socially Awkward Penguin" and "Foreveralone" and "FML" and I had no idea what any of that was...and to be honest, I think it's all a little overused and trite.
If people want to know and toss around certain knowledge that's their choice, but it's not pathetic to not know everything everybody is talking about. It doesn't make you stupid. It makes your priorities different. What's kind of pathetic is when people feel forced to learn a bunch of useless knowledge to try to not appear ignorant, because 1. there are more important things to learn out there, and 2. chances are great this "important knowledge" won't be that important for long. (So--has the life of anybody here been greatly enriched knowing which New Kid On The Block is which...?
) I can get through life perfectly fine not knowing which Kardashian is which...my God, it makes my brain glaze over just typing that, that's how little I care. Was going to check the name spelling since I'm picky about things like that, but I'll prove my point and move on.
I understand your frustration and hurt at being considered "stupid," because I've been there myself. I just find it even more frustrating that so much of the stuff that people consider important is just...so trivial. And then we're the ones made to feel awful that we don't know it.
If I don't reply to you, it's NOTHING PERSONAL. It's my ANXIETY.
(Devetko's boyfriend Stan Brooks & Det. Reichert are horsing around.)
Det. Kristeva: "If it were legal you'd marry me, right?"
Det. Devetko: "Definitely."
(It's legal now!! But Kristeva's already married. ;_; )
"No canoes...no maple sugar...this place is horribly uncivilized."--Manabozho, Escape From Manitou Island