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Things Younger Americans Should Know

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by wickedwritah, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    The above post from the Scott Baio thread got me thinking: How pathetic is it that some kids just don't know what they should?

    Bad parenting, perhaps?

    A former co-worker of mine, her husband worked as a PM drive DJ at the local rock station. So one day a few months back, he plays "Smells Like Teen Spirit." A young kid calls in and asks, "Who sang that?" She apparently thought it was from some cool new band.

    I mean, how can you NOT know Nirvana's work?
  2. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Thanks Zeke, thanks a lot. You aren't that much older than me, if at all. For a man that doesn't own a foreman grill, I expected more out of you.

    Oh well.
  3. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    Everybody has something they don't know until they know it.

    That said, this thread will be fun.


    Old guy who'd never heard of Chris Benoit until he died.
  4. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Neither had I. But Benoit was not a friggin' rock legend.
  5. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    True, but I was an adult through Benoit's entire career. The kid who didn't know who sang the song possibly wasn't born when it came out and probably wasn't old enough to read when Cobain died. It's not like he's been in the news a lot in the last 10 years.

    I'd never heard of Otis Redding until I heard of Otis Redding.
  6. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Scott Baio is? It better not be me being called out for not knowing a rock legend.
  7. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Nevermind, I am an idiot. Wicked, I assumed you were referring to the first post in the thread?
  8. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    I usually give the young kids on the beat a lot of grief about what they don't know. Because I'm on vacation, I'm being the kinder, gentler me.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I have a teenage cousin who has never heard of Beverly Hills 90210... The kid grew some sideburns and I said, "Hey, look at Brandon Walsh over here..." everybody else laughed and he looked at me like I was crazy...

    About an hour later he came up to me and said, "Who is Brandon Walsh?"

    Christ, you would've thought I made a 1960s reference...
  10. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    And to him, it was.

    I was in a roomful of newsroom people the other day, none of whom knew what a "composing room" was. "Is anybody in here 30??" I asked. The answer: No.
  11. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    To be honest, I pride myself on the fact that I never ever saw an episode of 90210, so unless I'd heard someone watercooler talk about Brandon Walsh an hour before, I probably wouldn't have known to whom you were referring either.
  12. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Perfect example.

    There are plenty of pop culture references to 90210. I really watched the show just once -- when I was in eighth grade, because I thought it was the "cool" thing to do; then I realized that I had a manhood still left to conquer -- and I knew who Brandon Walsh was.
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