One of my friends sent an email today with a challenging quiz from Pew Research Group. I say "challenging" because the title of the quiz is "Test Your News IQ" and, as a news junkie, (sorry NPR) I fancy myself just that. So, I took it.
I scored 10 out of 11 questions correct. That put me in league with 7% of the public, only 2% below those who scored a perfect 11. The one question I missed was #5, not because I didn't know the answer but, rather, because I refused to acknowledge it as THE answer, I answered something else.
When I looked at the tabulated results, what stood out is the age, education and sex of those who received the highest percentages: Male, 50+, College Educated. I still kicked their ass.
Don't get me wrong. This is not a difficult test. I'm sure many who take this will consider it ridiculously easy if they pay any attention whatsoever to current events.
But that's the point. Fewer and fewer of us do pay attention, do know the facts, are aware of what's going on. It's not only because of a lack of interest generated by "too much information", distractions, disinterest and "I've got to go out and make a living I don't have time for this shit." I think alot of us feel overwhelmed, small, incapable of exacting change.
Take the test here. See what you think.