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The First Amendment vs. The Simpsons
Sad, sad, sad. There really is no hope for this country...

Americans know more about Bart and Homer than they do about their own freedom.

Before you hit the cut, try this yourself:

1. Name all five of the fictional "Simpsons" family members. (I got four.)

2. Name all five of the freedoms granted under the First Amendment to the Constitution. (I got all five.)

Here's the article, and the Bruce's Journal condensed version is here.

About 22 percent of Americans can name all five of the fictional "Simpsons" family members—Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. But just one in 1,000 people surveyed could name all five freedoms granted under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

For the record, and so you can now dazzle your friends with what can now be called trivia, the freedoms are: freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances...

The survey found that only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. More than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family.

The survey found more people could name the three "American Idol'' judges than identify three First Amendment rights. They were also more likely to remember popular advertising slogans.

It also showed that people misidentified First Amendment rights. About one in five people thought the right to own a pet was protected, and 38 percent said they believed the right against self-incrimination contained in the Fifth Amendment was a First Amendment right, the survey found.

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated

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posteverything From: posteverything Date: March 2nd, 2006 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know..is taking our freedoms for granted necessarily such a bad thing? Think of all the other things in life we either take for granted or remain happily ignorant about. I believe that in order to cherish something deeply, we have to know what life is like without it. I'm glad that you and I are brain-dead on cartoons rather than the alternative.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 2nd, 2006 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I mostly agree with you, we take these for granted, and that's because none of us have had to do without them. Mostly. The problem with taking the freedoms listed in the Constitution for granted is that we "forget" what they even were, and that allows those who would take them away to do so without a fuss.

And, I must (unfortunately) confess that I know much more about cartoon characters than I do about the Constitution.
posteverything From: posteverything Date: March 3rd, 2006 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

you opened a can of worms, bruce

I've actually been thinking about this today, and to be honest, maintaining awareness and innocence too is a very, very fine line. The closest that we probably ever got in this regard, as a country, was probably that boom time after the horrors of WW2 up to Kennedy's assasination..and even then that was really just white America anyway, you know?

The way I see it, there's no mistake why our society is where it is right now, after generations of relative prosperity. We've let ourselves be weak because there's nothing else left to be. I'm not necessarily saying this is good or bad. It could be bad for the reasons you cite, though. I can't argue that to not be the case..but maybe we can still see places in the world where life is still a struggle and be like, "Yeah..this is NOT what we want. I'm glad we live where we do."

I've never actually been really big on The Simpsons. :)
caramaea From: caramaea Date: March 2nd, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I failed.

So, what's going on with you? I'm still waiting for my hair pic. :P
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 2nd, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Josh (6) has been home all week sick, Evan (11) has been home all but Monday sick. Last night, Allie and I started getting the symptoms, and today we are having a contest to see who can get sick quicker. I expect to win since my work nights are coming up tomorrow and Saturday. Since I work BOWS, I can only be out twice in a year without risking losing my position. So, I get to work sick. Huzzah.

The pic is not forgotten and is coming as soon as I feel well enough to get off the couch, shower, gel my hair again. Pleh.
caramaea From: caramaea Date: March 3rd, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww.... I hope you all feel better. And I know all too well about BOWS. I was out when I was diagnosed with diabetes (with sugars over 300 on meds, I felt really shitty). My boss was an unsympathetic bitch though and took me off my BOWS position. I ended up writing her a two week notice and here I am at Forsyth.
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