What if the picture above triggered no recognition in your brain, no social relevance, no movie connection, no thoughts of the scree of a tween clawing at your eardrums?
Over heard this week:
GAL: What's your granddaughter's name again?
GAL: Oh, yeah. So pretty.
GUY: Yeah, I guess someone asked [my son] if they named her after, I guess there's some vampire movie or something.
GAL: Oh. Really? Hrm.
GUY: But [my son] just likes the name Isabella.
GAL: I don't know, I never heard of that.
GUY: Me neither. I'm not really a movie person.
GAL: Not unless it's free.
My first reaction, after picking my jaw up off the floor, was OMFG! How can you not know Twilight? How can you be so much not a movie person that you're completely unaware of one of the biggest movie and literary sensations in years? Do you not read books either?
Is it even possible to be unaware of something that is so completely ubiquitous? This happened in a "work" environment, so the people in question leave the house every day. With billboards and posters and radio and television and conversations with people who know someone who read the book or saw the movie, you never heard about Twilight?
Then I stepped back and monitored my own reaction. This doesn't make these people any less people, but am I a media snob for reacting like that? I don't think I come across as "OMG I know everything about everything," even in my private thoughts.
So what are your thoughts? About the interaction and my reaction. I'd love to hear what other people think.