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8-12-2010 @ 8:53AM
Felix Unger? Oscar Madison? Tony Randall? WHO???I enjoyed the article but as one of the of many thousands of non-US readers, I didn't understand the reference. What might seem common knowledge in the USA is an obscure unknown cultural reference to the majority of the planet. I would prefer not to have to do an extensive wiki bio check just to comprehend an article fully.When I post on a forum with an international readership I don't name-check minor local celebrities and avoid making reference to things people outside my small part of the world would understand. I'd appreciate it if the article writers here did the same.And incidentally, before I get rabid foaming-at-the-mouth feedback, this isn't an America bashing post. I'm pointing out that the whole world is reading and would like to understand too. Thankyou.
8-12-2010 @ 10:45AM
It is called being well-read, and learned. it has nothing to do with "small, cultural references". Give me a break.
8-12-2010 @ 4:48PM
"When I post on a forum with an international readership I don't name-check minor local celebrities and avoid making reference to things people outside my small part of the world would understand. I'd appreciate it if the article writers here did the same."Is the Odd Couple (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Odd_Couple) reference really that much of a deal breaker for you? You can't read this post because you don't know who Tony Randall (an international celebrity with decades of stage and movie work) is? - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_RandallIt's kind of an example of your bias that you focused so intensely on these minor references and acted as though they were monstrously obscure when they were about a play/television series that's won numerous Tony awards. Am I allowed to know that? Is it that disruptive for your reading enjoyment if I, as an example, mention something by Tom Stoppard?I don't really understand what you want out of me here. I can strip my posts of any references you might not get, I suppose, but it's impossible for me to know exactly what you do and don't know about. Wouldn't it be better to assume you're even better informed than I am?
8-12-2010 @ 5:08PM
Yeah, it's awfully rude to expect you to go out of your way--all the way to your computer or phone--to open a browser and Google something if you didn't happen to understand it. Oh, wait.
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