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Today in freshman composition I was talking about how writers must respect the language. To make the point, I lowered my voice and tried to sound as if I was whispering through a throat full of pea gravel.

After class, one of the students stopped me on my way out.

"Nobody got the Godfather reference," he said, adding:

"This is a different generation."

Sic transit gloria mundi.

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nodressrehersal
Dec. 7th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but... my boys would both know "The Godfather" so it can't be generational. That class needs a bigger dose of pop culture, that's what I'm thinkin'.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
It's almost pointless for me to make pop culture references anymore. The gap is just too wide.
vivitalia
Dec. 8th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
I know The Godfather. Not only did my parents show it to me as a child, but sat me down and told me I was about to watch a cultural icon, so I had better pay attention.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Wait, wait, wait: Your dad the deacon wanna-be sat you down to watch a film glorifying violence?
vivitalia
Dec. 9th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
It gets better. The deacon wanna-be also drives a motorcycle, plays in an Irish band that caters exclusively to the blue-collar drinking crowd, and loves Monty Python movies. yeeeeah.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 9th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Lizz, your memoirs are going to be the best reading since "Postcards from the Edge." Who's going to play you in the movie?
callioperato
Dec. 8th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
My Mom sighed sadly when I bought The Godfather on DVD.

So, no. It must not be a generational thing. Just a "cool person" thing.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Aren't you Sicilian on one side of your family?
callioperato
Dec. 9th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yup. Mom's side. She thinks the Godfather makes people think all Sicilians are mobsters.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 9th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
I've found I can play that stereotype to my advantage on occasion.
callioperato
Dec. 10th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Me, too. Put on a pinstripe suit, suck on a cigar and I'm set. People do what I say. haha
thenightfly5150
Dec. 8th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Definitely not generational. I've seen the Godfather Parts I and II more times than I count. I believe II is the best movie ever made.

Part III? Not so much.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
You used to have Don Corleone as a userpic, right?
gintanni883
Dec. 8th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
*picks jaw up off the floor* I think some of these kids need to be outfitted with cement slippers so they may sleep with the fishes. There are certain pop culture icons and references that is just assumed that most people understand. freakin kids. There really ought to be a Pop Culture In American History Class.

vivitalia
Dec. 8th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
teehee. yes. exterminate the ignorant.

(kidding! so incredibly kidding! but it makes me laugh anyway).
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I'll handle the rock 'n' roll part of the curriculum.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 8th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
life's embarrassing moments...
ylasdt here...so, I was involved in an investigation at work a number of years ago, very hush-hush, and had to pass some intel along to my boss. Mind you, the guy was only 6 or 7 years younger than I - so there should have been no generation gap, one would think. I made what I thought was a very clever reference to "Deep Throat" - you know, the guy from the Watergate scandal who passed confidential info to Woodward & Bernstein. Everyone knows that, right? RIGHT? Nope. But apparently everyone knows about the, ahem, other Deep Throat. Geeze!
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: life's embarrassing moments...
I'll bet the guy never heard of Woodward and Bernstein either.
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