I’m old and out of touch, just like I swore I’d never be…
I have been making a mental list of things I don’t understand.
It’s a long one.
(That’s what she said.)
And, being both a mother and a teacher I am therefore surrounded by young people for the vast majority of my waking hours. And, you might think that this would aid me in my quest for ultimate world domination and superiority over others, but you’d be wrong. Being around young people just makes me realize how little I know about the world around me.
I have, like, a couple of degrees and whatnot. I’m, you know, smart ‘n stuff. I can recite a heaping chunk of the prologue of “The Canterbury Tales” in the original Middle English. I can recall the entire first scene of “Macbeth” from memory. I can say the alphabet backwards. I know all the words to REM’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It.” I know my IQ. I am not telling you what it is, but let’s just say that I’m not not telling you ‘cuz I’m embarassed, but because I don’t want you to feel bad about yourself.
And, yet, since I am swimming in a sea of Disney-Beiber-CallofDuty-Miley-Legos-XBoxLive-ness, I too often feel like a dipshit.
I remember being a teenager and just “knowing” that my folks were so out-of-touch. They didn’t know ANYTHING about REALITY because they thought that 10,000 Maniacs were an LA gang and that Nirvana was Viking heaven.
Of course, my parents felt that their lack of knowledge of popular culture was irrelevant and that the real REALITY was, you know, mortgages and car insurance and W2s and that sort of thing.
I agree that personal finance is closer to relevant than knowing all of the stock characters on Saturday Night Live might be. Nevertheless, I feel just a little silly and old when I realize how much there is that I don’t know.
Who is Benedict Cumberbatch? (I know who John Galt is, but for some reason that doesn’t seem to matter to the people on Pinterest as much.)
Wasn’t “Dr. Who” a TV show in the 80’s? Why is everyone talking about it now?
Name one song by Macklemore that isn’t “Thrift Shop.” I dare you. (Actually, don’t. You probably can name 20 and then I will just feel worse.)
Who the fuck is ASAP Rocky? (And why does one student keep insisting he is better than Tupac? I never even heard the name ‘ASAP Rocky’ before, but I can tell you that it doesn’t matter. There is no fucking way he is better than Tupac.)
Does anyone actually believe that Katy Perry, Beyonce and Miley Cyrus are feminists?
At the end of the day, though, folks, I have to admit that I love learning. So, if anyone out there can enlighten me regarding any of this or can share some wisdom with me about our world, I am more than interested in hearing about it. Feel free to share the answers to these pressing questions in the comments section or pose a few of your own.
Thanks for reading!