I don't pretend to know everything, but I'd like to think I have a decent grasp of what's going on in the news on a local/national/international level.
So when I talk to guys that are clueless about world events, it is by far the biggest bonerkiller in the world. This one guy that I met recently didn't know squat. I mean he had ABSOLUTELY no idea about anything or anyone that influenced the world stage. Sarkozy, Madoff, Neda, Ahmadinejad, Fumo; the list goes on. You don't even have to read anything beyond the headlines to know that these people are in the news.
Was he recently dug up from a high school kid's backyard and thawed out from a block of ice? Does he shield his eyes every time he walks by a newspaper stand? I think the illiterate homeless guy in my park that wipes his ass with yesterday's newspaper might know more about current events than him. I'm not expecting a guy to have the knowledge base of an expert guest on the NewsHour With Jim Lehrer or anything, but if he glanced at the BBC News homepage headings every once in a while and could at least nod his head in a basic discussion, it would do a lot for me.