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Tuesday Cannon Fodder: gaps

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I’m in the midst of watching Squid Game (so no spoilers). A bit late jumping on the bandwagon, but my GF and I are both enjoying it. We’re also enjoying understanding the Squid Game-based memes that are coming across our various social media feeds.

There are some shows / movies / books that even if you haven’t watched them, they become so omnipresent in popular culture that you pretty much know what happened and can understand the memes and jokes anyway. Squid Game was approaching that point. From being a Very Online person, I had a decent idea of what the show was about, its main mechanisms and characters, and so on.

At the same time, it felt like I was missing something. Like I was on the outside of an inside joke. There was a gap in my cultural zeitgeist knowledge. I have other gaps in my popular culture knowledge, to be sure, but I’m glad I’m closing that particular one. The show is good!

What are some of your popular culture knowledge gaps? I’ll share two of mine: I’ve never watched an episode of Seinfeld and I’ve never seen the movie Titanic.