Thursday, February 28, 2008

Huh.

I think I got more information out of the following three minute news break from 1980 than I typically get in a whole hour of broadcast news in 2008. Now what was that I was saying about civilizations losing their skills?



However, this news brief isn't without problems.

Announcer: Cleveland school officials say that one of the major problems of student drug abuse is that parents don't recognize that their children use drugs. Surveys of students and teachers in city and suburban districts show that 20% of the students call themselves regular drug users but most parents don't believe their children are on drugs.
Um, if 80% of the students aren't regular drug users, then most parents are correct in assuming that their children aren't on drugs. Of course, that problem is as much with the district officials as it is with the newscaster.

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