It’s been approximately two weeks since I last posted, and for that I apologize.
The best thing I’ve read of late is a Pew study concerning how people consume and interact with the news. It’s broken down into all sorts of fascinating chunks, and certainly reflects poorly on the American public. Take, for instance, the abysmally low percentage of people who were able to answer the survey’s “three news knowledge questions”: (1) which party has a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives; (2) the name of the current U.S. Secretary of State, and (3) the name of the current president of Russia. The national average of people who answered all three questions correctly was 24%. I smirk while I report that folks whose primary news source is “religious radio” came in last place by a significant margin — but even those who fit the profile of “New Yorker/Atlantic” readers only scored 44%. As I see it, this means that people were either lying about how much news they actually do read/watch/listen to, or that they don’t pay attention to what they’re reading/watching/listening to. At any rate, this is all very distressing.
This, on the other hand, is lovely:
This costumed style-czar demands the highest praise. How brilliant!
- Even wondered how you should refer to your corn syrupy carbonated beverage in, say, Ohio? Or Nevada? This map is most informative. Good luck in Virginia.
- John Irving and John Grisham have both written to J. K. Rowling asking her not to kill Harry in Book 7. “Referring to a scene in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem, in which Doyle killed off his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, King told reporters, ‘I don’t want [Harry] to go over the Reichenbach Falls.'” Tear.
- The Necons are actively trying to start another war, having become bored with the one they’re losing now.
- Looking for more evidence of our President’s foolishness? Read this vicious essay.