Well, sometimes I'm a little embarrassed because I'm a little bit culturally illiterate. There are gobs of famous actors I've never heard of, and gobs of sit coms I've never seen. Never heard of half of the folks who win the Grammies in any given year. I have no idea what Lindsay Lohan has ever done, other than appear in court periodically, according to headlines I skim in the news. Sports stars? I don't know hockey from basketball.
Not that I'm all high brow or anything. I'm certainly not. And I do watch trashy TV. I watch Honey Boo Boo religiously, because I think it is an amazingly portrait of how poverty perpetuates itself via poor nutrition, poor life choices, and a lack of education that is passed on from generation to generation. I can't stop watching it. And I want to talk about it with everyone, and most folks in my social circles just roll their eyes when I bring it up. And Ancient Aliens! Wow. And we think our monotheists here are silly. These folks don't even have a set of scriptures to follow. They just make it up as they go along, bending random pieces of evidence to suit their pre-conceived fantasies. And NCIS! Abby is great. I love how she is an unparalleled expert in everything from computer hardware to genetics to molecular biology to obscure species of fungi to tire manufacturing, who somehow finds the time to maintain a quirky set of fetishes, attends frequent concerts and off-beat parties, and volunteers to help the needy. She also maintains an astonishingly fascinating wardrobe that she sure as hell didn't pick up at walmart on the way home from work. She is the ultimate cartoon superhero.
In this case, I don't feel embarrassed. I've never heard of Kirk Cameron. But I know the work of Stephan Hawking fairly well. And I know the work of John Lennon pretty well too.
So sometimes, I guess, my odd cultural filters are working just right.