Saturday, January 28, 2012

How Thick Is Your Bubble?

A nifty lil quiz via a tweet from Taranto...  "How Thick Is Your Bubble?"
This quiz is inspired by American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray's new book, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010," which explores the unprecedented, class-based cultural gap in America. How culturally isolated are you? Answer these 20 questions to find out.
Taranto scored 7, I scored 13.  And 13 means...
On a scale from 0 to 20 points, where 20 signifies full engagement with mainstream American culture and 0 signifies deep cultural isolation within the new upper class bubble, you scored between 13 and 16.

In other words, you don't even have a bubble.
Well, that's nice to know.  I think.  And I did it without having seen a movie (in a theatre) in the last year, not having gone fishing or hunting in the past five years, and bein' unable to ID a pictured NASCAR hero.  They must give bonus points for bein' in the military.

How did you do, Gentle Reader?


  1. I saw this at Ace's blog the other day. It said I scored "between 5 and 8" and that "I need to get out more."

    Seems 'bout right.

  2. I got a 12. You are whiter than me.


  3. I got a 13 too. I never watched Oprah. Thank God!!!!!

  4. Just took it over at SDA (Kate's "smalldeadanimals") where I scored a 14. But as one commenter there said, the test is more a caricature of what the left thinks "flyover country" is like than anything else.

  5. No "Bubble" for me either!
    Isolated and proud of it.

  6. 10.

    "In other words, even if you're part of the new upper class, you've had a lot of exposure to the rest of America."

    An accurate assessment, to be quite honest.

  7. Inno, Virgil & Dave: I think the quiz is pretty accurate, too. More so than most, in that it pretty well captured mass culture in only 20 questions. That's pretty good, if'n ya ask me.

    Andy: Whiter than you? Nah. But my collar is a lil bit bluer than yers. ;-)

    Staci: You and me, Girl.... when it comes to Oprah!

    Ed: You really think you're isolated?

  8. I'm not sure if I should be proud or ashamed. I got a 15 and, if Lions had been included with Kiwanis & Rotary, could have scored a 16.

  9. 11.

    "In other words, even if you're part of the new upper class, you've had a lot of exposure to the rest of America."

    Right. I live on Social Security at around $16k a year. A paper route at 10 years old, caddying on a golf course at 14, and a factory job at 18. No college degree and two trade schools. I've owned 3 television sets, the last one about 20 years ago.

    The new upper class.

  10. I scored a 12, Buck, right there with Andy. I figured I knew where I'd end up when I got to question 10 about the pickup truck--I'm 72 and have lived all my life in the South; dang, I've had 5 of 'em. There's one parked out there in my driveway now. Since I haven't read the article/book, I'm not exactly sure what the bubble means, but I think I'm glad I'm not in it.

  11. Dan, by the time I'm 72, I hope to be up to a 13 or 14.

  12. 13 out of 20 for me. No bubble here.

  13. Barry: That ain't bad for an expat Noo Yawker! ;-)

    Skip: I'd have fudged on the Lions thang. I'll give ya a 16.

    Rob: Bein' in The New Upper Class must not be income-dependent, eh? You'd have scored higher if you listened to rock 'n' roll.

    Dan: There are a whole BUNCHA thangs that come bundled with pick-ups. I've owned two, but SN1 sez they don't count as one was a Ford Courier and the other was a Nissan... both of the mini-variety. The Courier was my only ride for about three years.

    Sharon: I expected you to be bubble-free. I think that's a requirement to be a New Mexican.

  14. You'd have scored higher if you listened to rock 'n' roll.

    Smartass. Probly right, too.

    Hell, if I listened to rocknroll I could probly tolerate that racket that comes outta the teevy. Or couldn't hear it, one.

  15. 14 out of 20. Dang, I have watched Oprah (cringe).

  16. 13, but I probably fudged a little on a couple of questions. Still, however, I never watched Oprah all the way through. She's waaaaay to know-it-all pushy.

    I do know what planking is, though. That should count!

  17. Dang, I have watched Oprah (cringe).

    Say it ain't so, Lou!

    I'll give ya credit for planking, Moogie. DOUBLE credit if'n ya done it and post a pic.

    Curtis: I kinda thought you'd be in the boat.


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