In New Jersey, a judge was trying to empanel a jury. One hundred potential jurors were gathered in the courtroom and he started to question them.
” How many of you read a newspaper daily?”
Exactly two people put up their hands. Two !!
One was a college professor, the other a school teacher.
The judge persisted, ” The rest of you… how many read a magazine?”
Again two hands went up.
” Sir, what magazine do you read?”
” Guns and Ammo”
” And you, madam. What magazine do you read?”
” Soap Opera Digest”.
How should we interpret this ?
1. Was the judge asking the wrong question ? Even if most people don’t read the newspaper, could they be getting the news online ? Or could they perhaps be watching the TV news regularly?
2. Is this an accurate gauge of how informed/ ignorant the general public is ?
I’d hate to think the latter is true because, if it is, we’re all in trouble.