Post # 17
@ Corgi: yeah, I was actually much more upset about the fact that people know so little about our founding documents or the function of government. But you would think people could at least name Sonia Sotomayor. She was in the news for like three months straight. I guess I find it amazing that I can know who is competing on Dancing with the Stars, even though I’ve never watched that show, but so few people know anything about some of the most important people in the country.
Post # 18
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
It’s disturbing because there are a lot of politicians and pundits out there who exploit this kind of ignorance.
And you don’t have to watch the news, you can read it online 🙂
Post # 19
@monitajb- i think its pretty easy to tune out what you don’t care about. I couldn’t name one person on dancing with the stars, or one person competing on american idol. I totally zone out when people start talking about celbri-drama and I guess people do the same for politics.
Post # 20
@ribbons- i agree. it always reminds me of mine/FI’s favorite episode of family guy (the one where lois runs for mayor and no one listens or understands her when she talks about the real issues so she just starts repeating “9..11… terrorists…. 9..11…” and people start throwing cash at her)
Post # 21
It’s sad. I’m sure I couldn’t spit out all 9, but I’d get pretty far. Especially because there really isn’t a need to stay in the dark with the internet at your fingertips.
Post # 22
I can consider myself to be informed and aware on the subject of politics, economics, current events, ect, but i still have issues remember all their names. I’m just REALLY bad with names. I’ll remember their positions on subjects before I remember their names.
Post # 23
I don’t know that I think it’s sad on peoples part but I do wonder what this says about education and news in the country.
It seems it’s so good at focusing on the irrelavent. I couldn’t name all 9 and I stay or used to stay really on top of the news (but I’m bad with names even in my field, unless I’ve directly met the person). You really have to seek out the information, there’s little to hold representatives and people in power directly responsible. I think this is more representative of the sad shape that our news system is in. I can’t go to a news page without seeing celebrity news and boobies on display and that makes me sad.
Post # 24
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I’m terrible with names and could probably only name half of the justices (which I’m embarrassed about).
Let’s see: Roberts. Sotomayor. Ginsberg. Scalia. Clarence Thomas is still on the bench, right?
NO clue about the others. Ugh.
Post # 25
Oh that angers me. Not one? Really.
Post # 26
WOAH that is SHOCKING! I hate that people who are not informed at all have the same voting power as someone who works as a citizen to understand what is going on in our country… I’m sad to say that now that I think about it, I’m not surprised, a lot of people just don’t pay attention.
Post # 27
Honestly, I’m not surprised. For a nation so devoted to our “freedoms” and “rights” we’re startlingly unconcerned with how our government *actually* functions. Whatever happened to civics classes in school?
Post # 28
Very well said CupcakeSpinkles!