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->''"There's not a lot of people who know that."''\\
-- '''Creator/PeterSellers''', imitating Creator/MichaelCaine (who, incidentally, [[BeamMeUpScotty never actually said]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raFycoDdIs0 that line]]).

All of us here know that there's a diverse array of titles within any one medium. Not all video games are ''VideoGame/WiiSports'' or ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto'' or ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' or ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' or ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. There are games like the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series, which tries to immerse you in an environment through the use of incredible attention to detail and lots of optional internal monologue, before gradually creeping the living daylights out of you over time. Or ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, which presents to you a wide-open world and several big choices you can make in it, giving you unprecedented freedom to experiment and explore.

The general public doesn't (always) know that, though -- people who don't play video games think that all games are like the ones they hear about on TV, which would tend to be either ''Wii Sports'' (due to the {{Wii}} showing up in retirement communities all over the place), or the latest "controversial" [[UltraSuperDeathGorefestChainsawer3000 violent]] game that the media [[NewMediaAreEvil love to shove in people's faces]]. If these people are older, [[PacManFever expect their perceptions of video games to be even worse]].

Likewise, comic books are not all about poorly-written {{superhero}}es in garish spandex costumes fighting one-note {{supervillain}}s with outlandish plots. In fact, they haven't even been ''primarily'' about that since before most of today's comics fans were ''born''. There are a great many comics telling other kinds of stories, such as the supernatural mystery ''ComicBook/LeaveItToChance'', the numerous indie SliceOfLife comics or even various {{manga}}, such as the cute family comedy ''[[Manga/{{Yotsubato}} Yotsuba&!]]''. Certainly the Super Hero genre itself is much better written than what is stereotypically attributed: ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' should be proof enough of that. Good luck explaining that to the average person on the street. If you say you like comic books, they'll respond with something like, "So you like Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/SpiderMan?"[[note]]If you're in NorthAmerica, that is; in {{Europe}} the response will be more along the lines of, "So you like WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and ComicBook/{{Asterix}}?"[[/note]]. Some comics (usually ones dubbed "{{graphic novel}}s" to eliminate this very problem), like the autobiographical ''ComicBook/FunHome'' or the aforementioned ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', have won awards for their artistry and originality. But the general public doesn't know about that.

And of course, cartoons. We know all about the AnimationAgeGhetto and AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark. Cartoons can only be funny, right? The sheer number of non-comedic cartoons says otherwise. On the other hand, many companies seem convinced that kids will watch cartoons only if they are funny, and add extraneous humor that sometimes [[CasualDangerDialog clashes with the mood]] just to fulfill their comedy quota. There have been non-comedy cartoons for adults, but they haven't done terribly well. Unfortunately, the Animation Age Ghetto lives. Often, animators have to start with an RRatedOpening in order to ''warn'' young audiences and their parents that [[AllAnimationIsDisney what they're watching isn't a]] Creator/{{Disney}} [[DisneyAnimatedCanon animated flick]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids just because it had cartoon people on the cover]].

This is especially true for anime. On the public eye, anime is either associated with ''Manga/SailorMoon'', ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' (often with the AnimationAgeGhetto), or with sordid, lecherous {{hentai}}. And the dialogue is either poor dubbing along the lines of ''Anime/SpeedRacer,'' or blatant BlindIdiotTranslation.

Heaven save [[TabletopRPG paper Roleplaying Games]], which a significant chunk of the general public has simply ''never heard of,'' or, at best, has some nebulous awareness of D&D, in the same way they have a nebulous awareness of Andorra. [[note]]For the record, UsefulNotes/{{Andorra}} is a small country in Europe, bordered by Spain and France.[[/note]]

The public at large has these prejudices and preconceptions. These are their SmallReferencePools, and the prejudices that result. These works are often prime targets of SnarkBait, HateDumb and ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch. CommonKnowledge is usually ignored in these situations. Works that fall into this have a high tendency to suffer from an AudienceAlienatingPremise. Exposure to a GatewaySeries can certainly be ''very'' helpful to break these prejudices. If a significant title stands out from the perceived "[[GhettoIndex ghettoed]]" group, the NoTrueScotsman is often applied to try and distance a well-liked entry from it. Related to PopCulturalOsmosisFailure.
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!!Tropes associated with this:
[[index]]
* AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark
* AllAnimationIsDisney
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles
* AluminumChristmasTrees
* AnimationAgeGhetto
* BeamMeUpScotty
* ComedyGhetto
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer
* DeadHorseGenre
* FurryFandom
* GirlShowGhetto
* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars
* ItsPopularNowItSucks
* {{Juggalo}}
* MadeInCountryX
* MainstreamObscurity
* {{Metalhead}}
* MinorityShowGhetto
* NewMediaAreEvil
* TheNewRockAndRoll
* NostalgiaFilter
* OldMediaAreEvil
* PacManFever
* PopCultureIsolation
* PraisingShowsYouDontWatch
* QualityByPopularVote
* SacredCow
* SciFiGhetto
* SmallReferencePools
* TrueArt
** TrueArtIsAncient
** TrueArtIsAngsty
** TrueArtIsIncomprehensible
* WordOfDante can easily become this when [[GodNeverSaidThat it's confused with]] WordOfGod.
* WrongfullyAttributed
[[/index]]

All examples of this are right in those sub pages, or in the page's {{Discussion}} [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/remarks.php?trope=Main.PublicMediumIgnorance thread]].
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