July 12, 2008

damn kids

I'm not convinced.

The following stat, taken from an LA Times book review, may be true, but I still think a lot of we young folks are equally ambivalent about American Idol and the U.S. House membership. When asked in a journalism lecture last year if we read celebrity gossip about Brittney and Paris, our answer was a resounding "no."

What does it all mean? Not sure, but I doubt celebs will sell newspapers. Here's the stat:
"You are six times more likely to know who the latest American Idol is than you are to know who the speaker of the U.S. House is..."

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2 Comments:

Blogger Chase Purdy said...

...a voice in the crowd tells him: " 'American Idol' IS more important."

I'd really like to know if this was a person trying to make a legitimate point or just some dumbass in the audience. My guess is the latter.

Articles like this carry, perhaps, a small grain of truth...but one that represents only a small percentage of young people. Honestly, I generally see these types of things as more, ridiculous adultcentrism; something which has partnered with the whole "fear of youth" (or I guess ephebiphobia) thing for hundreds of years.

Meh.

July 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM 
Anonymous Econ said...

See:

http://bp1.blogger.com/_SDqU7KTqq1M/R2n2xTnhXKI/AAAAAAAAAHc/P-Ry9yr_QF8/s1600-h/cnn-britney.jpg

and a response:

http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/3440/brittanyshitbz0.jpg

Like Chase said, I think the article has some truth to it, but there's definitely a huge portion of young folks who are oblivious to celebrity gossip and trite news. For me, I think not watching TV is the culprit.

July 14, 2008 at 10:57 AM 

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