Thursday, March 02, 2006

Pop vs. Politics: Pop wins!

According to this article , a survey found that only one in four Americans could name one of the first five amendments of the U.S. Constitution, yet more than half could name at least two members of the cartoon Simpsons family; more people could name the three American Idol judges than the first three amendments (I'm starting to think some people shouldn't be granted free speech)...

What did they expect to find, that most Americans recite the preamble before going to bed at night? Of course more Americans would know the characters on the Simpsons -- it's more entertaining to watch a cartoon sitcom than know our rights (one in five people thought that the right to own a pet was protected by the Constitution). On top of that, the Simpsons has been running for so many years and is syndicated on a couple networks and airs several times a day, you can't help to avoid it. American Idol may not be syndicated but millions of people watch it. We all learn about U.S. history, government, etc. in school but then we forget about it; we're not bombarded by commercials about the Bill of Rights. Whoever conducted this survey wasted their time.


At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Verna Smith said...

I am not suprised that Pop won over Politics.
Blacks and other Americans are fed a daily diet of "nonsense" enshrined as entertainment. And unfortunately they gobble it up without even thinking.

Politics, and whatever isses are tied to it are most often ignored. This is depite the fact that our entire lives are tied to the world of politics and power in the hands of our "leadership."

Those who promote Pop,have helped to 'dumb" us down. There is a place for pop, but until a sensible balance is determined by the populace, both black and white, our future is going no where.

Congratulations on seeing your site take up/speak up about the serious issues.

From my perspective-- Politics/money/power is what it is all about.

Thank you.


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