I’m feeling a little put out today. Why?
First we have a story from the NYTimes titled
New Demographic Racial Gap Emerges
It’s linked on Drudge and so will have wide readership. Now from the title, you’re thinking, sheesh – what’s going on? Are all the Blacks moving to one neighborhood and whites to another and Hispanics to another? No, that’s not it at all.
As a matter of fact, this article is basically saying that minority groups are increasing their percentages in this country and are disseminating throughout the country.
What it’s really trying to say is that older populations here are more white while younger populations are less white. (which seems like no surprise to me)
In saying so, it works to insult us older whites fearing that we will be unwilling to share our wealth for schools etc until/unless we can see how it will benefit us. Therein lies the crux of the article.
What else. Another Drudge Link showing an excerpt from Al Gore’s new book. Democracy is failing. Why? Al is pretty certain that the American people, because we no longer read newspapers and have the tv on during the day are a bunch of idiots and that’s why Democray is at risk.
Frankly I have to think that any excerpt containing such an elementary view of statistics (in the quote below) would have to be written by an idiot.
Radio, the Internet, movies, cell phones, iPods, computers, instant messaging, video games and personal digital assistants all now vie for our attention—but it is television that still dominates the flow of information. According to an authoritative global study, Americans now watch television an average of 4 hours and 35 minutes every day—90 minutes more than the world average. When you assume eight hours of work a day, six to eight hours of sleep and a couple of hours to bathe, dress, eat and commute, that is almost three-quarters of all the discretionary time the average American has.
ROFL. Besides the note below about averages I’ve been in homes where people have the tv going 24/7. Then there are others who never have it on. Either way, no home, a) spends a couple hours to get ready for work. Stop b) go to work. Stop c) turn on the tv and sit in from of it again. Stop. d) go to sleep. Stop.
Averages are not the numbers to use when trying to describe a population anyway. While poor Al bemoans the lack of readership of newspapers,
and yet today, almost 45 years have passed since the majority of Americans received their news and information from the printed word. Newspapers are hemorrhaging readers.
I continue to see what are best sellers at airports. Sheesh – there are tons of books out there on highly important subjects and biographies. Both left and right. They are getting sold.
Al might make it with the elitist crowd that likes to think they are smarter than most, but every day in my little prayers I’ll add a spot to say, “Thank you Lord for not letting Al Gore win that election!”.