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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/PacMan'' or ''VideoGame/WiiSports'' or ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' or ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' or ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' 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 UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} showing up in retirement communities all over the place), ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' (due to Mario's recognizability as a SeriesMascot), ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' (due to the "Pokémania" fad of TheNineties and the much later success of ''VideoGame/PokemonGo''), 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 (ironically, people are usually thinking of the 1950s/'60s era of comics, which most of them have absolutely no living memory of), nor are they essentially printed versions of [[AdaptationDisplacement superhero movies]] where ComicBook/IronMan is exactly like Creator/RobertDowneyJr and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is exactly like Creator/HughJackman. In fact, they haven't even been ''primarily'' about the former since before most of today's comics fans were ''born''. There are a great many comics telling other kinds of stories, such as the numerous indie SliceOfLife comics such as the cute family comedy ''[[Manga/{{Yotsubato}} Yotsuba&!]]'' and various other {{manga}} ranging from heartwarming [[{{Romance}} love stories]] such as Manga/KimiNiTodoke to Action-Adventure series such as Manga/OnePiece. Certainly the Super Hero genre itself is much better written than what is stereotypically attributed, and can also differ greatly from your typical Hollywood superhero action-fest: ''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}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/SpiderMan?"[[note]]If you're in NorthAmerica, that is; in UsefulNotes/{{Europe}} the response will be more along the lines of, "So you like [[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck Donald]] [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Duck]] and ComicBook/{{Asterix}}?" Keep also in mind that comic books there are much more respected, even if proper literature is considered to be better.[[/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 thinks that the only "artistic" superhero thing in existence is ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. [[note]] Which is itself a disservice to Tim Burton's version of ''Batman'', which was also supposed to be artistic, but which [[ItWillNeverCatchOn many people at the time simply weren't ready for and dismissed as trash]]. [[/note]]

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}} [[Franchise/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 the AnimationAgeGhetto and series that were marketed to kids - ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', and maybe ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' if you're lucky - or with [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles 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. But this trope can also be an example of a prejudice in itself against the general public. In some cases this trope can be true, but it is also equally possible the larger public is aware of diversity and just isn't blabbing about it with the people who really love it. In the past we determined what was known by what people actually sat around talking about. Nowadays when you can gather with people that do all want to talk about this or that, the lines between what is a majority/minority and what the general public knows is blurred beyond repair.

These works are often prime targets of SnarkBait and HateDumb. 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, or the HitlerAteSugar is often applied to reinforce the ghetto back into that entry. Related to PopCulturalOsmosisFailure. See also MistakenForIndex.
!!Tropes associated with this:
* AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark
* AllAnimationIsDisney
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles
* AluminumChristmasTrees
* AnimationAgeGhetto
* BeamMeUpScotty
* ClassicalMusicIsBoring
* ComedyGhetto
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer
* DeadHorseGenre
* UsefulNotes/FurryFandom
* GirlShowGhetto
* GodNeverSaidThat
* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars
* ItsPopularNowItSucks
* {{Juggalo}}
* MadeInCountryX
* MainstreamObscurity
* {{Metalhead}}
* MinorityShowGhetto
* NewMediaAreEvil
* TheNewRockAndRoll
* NostalgiaFilter
* OldMediaAreEvil
* OlderThanTheyThink
* OscarBait
* PacManFever
* PopCultureIsolation
* PraisingShowsYouDontWatch
* QualityByPopularVote
* RatedMForMoney
* ReviewsAreTheGospel
* RockMeAsmodeus
* SacredCow
* SciFiGhetto
* SmallReferencePools
* TrueArt
** TrueArtIsAncient
** TrueArtIsAngsty
** TrueArtIsBoring
** TrueArtIsIncomprehensible
* TwoDecadesBehind
* WordOfDante can easily become this when [[GodNeverSaidThat it's confused with]] WordOfGod.
* WrongfullyAttributed

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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