What are examples of things that seem ubiquitous if you are into them, and yet are totally off the radar if you aren’t into them? And are you interested in any of these things yourself, and can/have you seen through both sides of the looking glass (as it were)?
Here are two examples that come to mind for me:
Harry Potter fandom – Some folks: live in a “world” where everyone they know, everyone they see, everyone they may hapen to run into, has already read the entire Potter series to date.
Some other folks: live in a “world” where nobody they know, nobody they see, nobody they may hapen to run into, has read any of the Potter series.
Now, which “world” is more bizzare (no value judgment implied)? It just flummoxes me that Harry Potter is so pervasive in some places that a total stranger can even have half of a chance to spoil the recent book (as Sampiro recounts in the thread above).
The Blogosphere – Those that read/write blogs seem to think that everyone is in on it, and think it’s really huge. Those who don’t participate think it’s like 100 people blogging worldwide, and that it’s just not on their day-to-day radar. Why the discrepancy? If something is really “big”, doesn’t everyone think or at least sense that it’s “big”? Or no?