Thursday, March 02, 2006

Ignorance Is Bliss: Or, You Can't Miss What You Never Knew You Had

"A survey released Wednesday showcases a bit of data that should surprise nobody: Americans know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about the 1st Amendment.

"The study, conducted by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, focuses on the 1st Amendment and found that less than one percent of the respondents could identify the five protected rights: freedom of religion, speech, the press, assembly and to petition the government.

"On the other hand, about 20 percent of respondents could name Bart and Homer and the other three members of the animated Simpson family. . . . "

"Which isn't to say that there aren't any drawbacks to widespread ignorance, Dorf said. If people ignore their rights, those rights might disappear, he said."

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2 comments:

Hadrian said...

I saw a blurb about this yesterday. We are truly a nation of idiots.

Gobula said...

Wait, we still have a first amendment?