On the Arrogance of Willful Ignorance

A quick search on Twitter came up with these:

  • “I’m proud to say I’ve never seen a single episode of the Jersey Shore.”
  • “I’m proud to say I’ve never played any of the Pokemon games.”
  • “I’m proud to say I’ve never watched Titanic.”
  • “I’m proud to say, I’ve never seen one episode of Little House.”

You hear this all the time, usually about something incredibly popular, like Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga. When I was a teenager it was New Kids on the Block or Debbie Gibson. It’s always in the context of “you’d never catch me playing/listening to/watching that thing or that person.

You’re celebrating your ignorance. You’re taking pride in saying that you’ve formed an opinion about something that you’ve never experienced. I’m not a Lady Gaga fan, but it’s not because I don’t like her music. I’ve never (to my knowledge) ever heard her music. I see her splashed all over the media, and covered with meat for some reason… but I would never say “I’m proud to say I’ve never heard a Lady Gaga song” because ignorance is not something to be proud of.

This little rant was inspired by Seth Godin.

Seth’s Blog: The arrogance of willful ignorance.

About Daniel M. Clark

Daniel M. Clark is a podcaster and proprietor of QAQN, a writer at danielmclark.com, and an all-around cool dude everywhere else.

God, I hate talking about myself in the third-person.

Matt Pardo July 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

I like that perspective!

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