mm081: Infoporn: Despite the Web, Americans Remain Woefully Ill-Informed

MUDGE’S Musings

Scary thing I found on my way to finding something else…

WIRED

Patrick di Justo Email 06.26.07 | 2:00 AM

More than a decade after the Internet went mainstream, the world’s richest information source hasn’t necessarily made its users any more informed. A new study from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows that Americans, on average, are less able to correctly answer questions about current events than they were in 1989. Citizens who call the Internet their primary news source know slightly less than fans of TV and radio news. Hmmm… maybe a little less Perez Hilton and a little more Jim Lehrer.

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*The five questions: Who is the vice president? Who is your state’s governor? Does the US have a trade deficit or surplus? Which party controls the House of Representatives? Is the chief justice of the Supreme Court a liberal, moderate, or conservative?

Source: the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

Infoporn: Despite the Web, Americans Remain Woefully Ill-Informed

Ladies and gentlemen: For your bemusement, the American electorate!

Whatever they’re doing on the web, they’re not getting wiser.

If it weren’t for the age thing, someone’s cute cat just might have a shot at the presidency next year…

It’s it for now. Thanks,

–MUDGE

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3 Responses to mm081: Infoporn: Despite the Web, Americans Remain Woefully Ill-Informed

  1. ClapSo says:

    ROFL, it’s a shame that I laugh at all this. It really isn’t funny. Um YES IT IS! Especially the part about fox snooze watchers being the stupidest!

    It looks like it’s up to you and me to educate our fellow Americans Mudge!

    A dirty job, but someone has to do it…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  2. mudge says:

    ClapSo, you seem to be up for this. I’m going to have to gear up bigtime. Thanks!

  3. […] it comes to the wretched state of our national knowledge quotient (per that Wired story a couple of posts ago), a guy who knows what buttons to push to create a transformation of schools whose condition most […]

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