Tuesday, April 06, 2010

State of the Union: Literacy and ADD

Obama has been criticized for his 17-minute, 2,500-word response to woman's claim of being 'over-taxed.'

But why should this be news? Even the most rabid fans of Lost, who follow Doc Jensen's weekly musings at Entertainment Weekly's Totally Lost were upset with his 12 page, 6129 word discussion of the episode, "Ab Aeterno." Ah, we Americans love our sound bytes!

Derek wrote:
12 pages, really?!? OMG

Matt wrote:
12 pages? Are you kidding me!?

Skylar wrote:
12 Pages? Wow, I think I should be able to finish this by next week's episode

Jutsy wrote:
Gonna have to put on my hip-waders to muck out the bs in these 12 pages.

Jordan wrote:
12 pages? no way i'm reading all of this.

So if many Americans can't follow Doc Jensen, why should we expect them to follow the President?


Kent said...

Amazing! I actually listened to the whole 17 minute answer. (found it on youtube) Yes, it was off the cuff, and occasionally a bit choppy. But over all, I was wowed by it. The fact that he has such a grasp of the big picture and is able to construct a 17 minute, coherent answer to a simplistic question about a very complicated bill is impressive. I though he presented a well constructed argument.

The criticism of his answer is indicative of how short the attention span in this culture is. Even the mainstream press seems to only want a soundbite. Despite the Washington Post's comments, it looked to me like the audience followed him and appreciated what he had to say.

Beth B said...

You raise a good question, Kent. Are we being trained by media to have short attention spans? What a vicious circle.