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Old 04-22-2016, 02:31 AM   #61
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My score was 51.

It was sad they didn't include Downton Abbey on the TV program list. I have not watched any of the ones they listed.
I scored a 39....average US bubble even though I live overseas.

In the Branson question I immediately thought of Downton Abbey! I hadn't watched any (or even heard of most of) the TV shows they listed.
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43 - the test got it right. Not bad.
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55, and the fridge has home brewed ales, ipas and lagers. The wine cellar has over 1000 bottles, so I have no time to watch TV or go to the movies. And I quit fishing when BIL sold his boat.
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I got a 35 but expect my bubble would be thicker (i.e. lower score).
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I got a 70? Spent some time outside th US and in the military so might be a factor.
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I scored 58 (Closest - A first-generation middle-class person with working-class parents and average television and movie going habits. Most of the points came from my experiences growing up in a working class household and having siblings who are still working class (where most of them are collecting disability, today, it seems). TV and movie going habits - not so much. I did teach in a rural small town for 5 years where less than 10% of the population had a college degree and we had 1 rough year after grad school where the household income was definitely below the poverty level.

As some of the rest of you have said, when I went away to college I discovered a whole new world of experiences and found that I enjoyed them a lot more than those that were modeled to me in my hometown. So I consciously carved a life that was VERY different from the ones chosen by my siblings and childhood friends.
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Looks like my proud score of 10 is still the lowest here.


I was not born into any wealth, just a middle class, suburban LI upbringing in the late 1960s and 1970s. I'm too young to have been drafted (I was 10 when the draft ended in 1973) and never knew anyone who served in the military. I have no interest in pop culture such watching most current popular TV shows (other than Law & Order). I watch more C-Span. I was born Jewish but became an atheist at age 13, so I have no clue about evangelical religious people (I have known a few fairly religious people, though). I do eat at Applebee's once in a while and did ride an interstate bus more than 50 miles a few years ago. I have never drank anything alcoholic in my lifetime, just never was interested. Being male, I never bought Avon. I was an honors student and all my friends were, too, so no socializing with the C-student crowd. I finished college with little student debt and got an office job I held for 23 years (until I ERed in 2008), so no factory or union work. My dad was not a college grad but held a white-collar-type job. My mom had some college but was otherwise similar to my dad.


My definition of "bubble" would be a lot different from Murray's. I'd ask many different questions which would put other people in a bubble and have me in the mainstream LOL!
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So can someone tell me what mainstream America is? According to some of the comments on this thread, they don't have college degrees, live in small towns, own pickup trucks, know who Jimmie is, eat at Denny's, drink beer, go fishing, have worn uniforms at work, and also have worked on factory floors?


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Honestly my score would have been lower, the only C student I associated with was my brother, and he was my friend. So that's why I picked yes as an answer. That C student is doing very well in life.


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So can someone tell me what mainstream America is? According to some of the comments on this thread, they don't have college degrees, live in small towns, own pickup trucks, know who Jimmie is, eat at Denny's, drink beer, go fishing, have worn uniforms at work, and also have worked on factory floors?


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Scored 36.

I have to agree with first-generation upper middle class with middle class parents.
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My definition of "bubble" would be a lot different from Murray's. I'd ask many different questions which would put other people in a bubble and have me in the mainstream LOL!
I bet you'd do a better job. Looking forward to your questionnaire.
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I received a 77.

48–99: A lifelong resident of a working-class neighborhood with average television and movie going habits. Typical: 77.
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So can someone tell me what mainstream America is? According to some of the comments on this thread, they don't have college degrees, live in small towns, own pickup trucks, know who Jimmie is, eat at Denny's, drink beer, go fishing, have worn uniforms at work, and also have worked on factory floors?
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That is the group that is the focus of the survey, in that the survey is measuring how isolated the respondent is from that group. It's also the stereotype of the demographic that supports Trump, and if fact at the end of the page it says "For more on the topic, watch Making Sen$e’s latest segment with Charles Murray on why economic anxiety is driving working-class voters to “Trumpism.”

The irony I see is that, although that group is described by the author as "the average American and American culture at large", they are actually in a bubble, since they are more isolated and less exposed to people who are different from them than are the respondents who supposedly live in a bubble.
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Knowing C Students: My best friend in grade school was several years older than I was, yet we were in the same grade, because I had been pushed ahead and she had been kept behind. She was a sweet person who liked following me around. I had to come up with all the ideas, but she was always up for them.

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So can someone tell me what mainstream America is? According to some of the comments on this thread, they don't have college degrees, live in small towns, own pickup trucks, know who Jimmie is, eat at Denny's, drink beer, go fishing, have worn uniforms at work, and also have worked on factory floors?


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Well it's so like where I live in MO.
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Oh, and I knew who Jimmie Johnson is because...I READ!!
I must not be reading the right stuff. Most often I skip the sports section.
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That is the group that is the focus of the survey, in that the survey is measuring how isolated the respondent is from that group. It's also the stereotype of the demographic that supports Trump, and if fact at the end of the page it says "For more on the topic, watch Making Sen$e’s latest segment with Charles Murray on why economic anxiety is driving working-class voters to “Trumpism.”

The irony I see is that, although that group is described by the author as "the average American and American culture at large", they are actually in a bubble, since they are more isolated and less exposed to people who are different from them than are the respondents who supposedly live in a bubble.

I'm reminded of President Bush I, who seemed surprised that there were barcode readers at the grocery...
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32, and the description here fits "A first-generation upper-middle-class person with middle-class parents". It would probably be lower, but I answered the "have you ever..." questions even though the ever was way in the past.
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Well it's so like where I live in MO.
Yeah, I guess the quiz got me correctly (I scored 37) from how you answered, as well as others did to my question. I am pretty isolated from the mainstream, although I must say the "mainstream" seems isolated and is being in a bubble of their own. I feel like there are two countries inside one country...
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