Prof. Wagstaff wrote:rrnate wrote:However, I did not take part in this poll, which I'd be willing to bet was conducted predominently on landline telephone's, thereby missing the valuable "only has a cell phone" demographic.
What possible reason do you have for thinking someone who only has a cellphone is more likely to have read books than someone with a landline? Many of the folks I've known who don't have landlines are some of the least likely suspects when it comes to being well-read, but I haven't done a formal survey.
My biggest problem with this survey: there's a lot more to read out there than just books. I only read a handful of actual books last year (not counting all those Marvel Comics compilation tomes I routinely devour) but I read a shit-ton of magazines, newspapers and online articles, not to mention all the reading I've done right here on this forum and others. As I've noted before, I don't read fiction anymore - being an English major crushed my love of literature beyond recovery - and like the fellow quoted in that article, prefer to get my storytelling from film. To that end, I watched hundreds of films last year. I've been trying to figure out for years now why people who devour that many novels look down their noses at my behavior, but they sure seem to, just like the author of TheBookPolice's link seems to be looking down their nose at an entire generation simply for having different cultural reference points than they (I mean, digging through that list, I couldn't find many "facts" that were actually important - so what if kids today never saw Johnny Carson live on The Tonight Show? I'm gonna bet most who read that article never saw Jack Parr! The horror!)
1. I'm not really saying that people without landlines are less/more likely to read...I'm questioning the methodology of the poll, since it cuts out a large portion of the public. That combined with it's national scope versus the relatively small sample size (n=1000) is what makes the poll pretty statistically worthless in my eyes of "capturing what's happening in the nation". I'm a bit of a survey nerd, so my quibble is kind of by nerds for nerds. (Not the types of nerds that regularly devour comic book collections.) To say that a poll is not very accurate isn't a big shock - what annoys me about is that it's being reported as fact by pretty much every major news outlet. I guess this is bigger news than A) Iraq, B) Iran, C) various other international Bush fuckups, D) worsening weather patterns, etc.
2. I like that you brought up the fact that your English Major turned you off of books - I know lots of collegiate types, and exactly none of them read for pleasure. I don't know exactly what it is colleges do to ruin reading for people that you'd think would enjoy reading, but I assume it's similar to what they do in music programs that lead to so many music majors not listening to music. (Again, this is only from my personal experience, though it's fairly widespread.)
3. AP Writers seem to predominently look down their noses in general. I'm not sure why - they just hate humanity. Presumably they're not paid well.