My Lack of Cultural Awareness

Have you ever realized, as you got older, that you’re missing out on stuff.

For instance, I just checked the ten most popular songs right now. I am certain I don’t know any of them, and never even heard them. I don’t listen to the radio at all. When I checked, I realized that I only know two of the artists in the top ten right now: Miley Cyrus (3rd spot) and Taylor Swift (2nd spot).  However, I would not recognize a single song by either of these artists. If I heard them sing, I would not know who they were, and if I saw them in a lineup, I would not recognize them.

I would, however, recognize the artists of my day, the likes of  The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Melanie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and so on.

Similarly, I just thumbed through the pages of this week’s Time Magazine. On page 72 there is an article about Johnny Depp. (I actually know who he is). I guess he has been having some trouble with his ex wife and dueling lawsuits. Here is an excerpt of that article:

The allegations, and the details of the subsequent messy trials, are horrifying enough by themselves. The trollish Depp fans who took to social media to harass Heard and the women who stood by her made the situation uglier.

You’d have to have been cryogenically frozen through most of 2022 to have missed it.

Well, I have not been cryogenically frozen in 2022. I actually pay attention to news and politics, I vote, and I watch movies. After all, Depp is an actor.

But I had no idea there were lawsuits and there was ugliness online about it.

That is how I came to the conclusion that I am no longer culturally aware.

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