How thick is your bubble?
Notable author Charles Murray has a new book out, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.
In the book, Murray says there’s an unprecedented and troubling cultural separation in Amerca — between not just rich and poor but between upper-middle class and working class. Americans are living separate lives, defined by increasingly distinct core values and practices.
To promote the book, his publisher AEI has put together an interesting and amusing quiz to measure “How thick is your bubble?”— that is, how insulated you are from how most Americans live.
Take the quiz! Click here.
I scored 12. Here’s my certificate, LOL:
Oddly, although my score was 12, I was told this:
“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.“
I think my “12” score has something to do with the fact that, despite my Ph.D. degree and full professorship, I’m an immigrant (legal) who grew up in poverty and worked my way through my first 4 years of college with menial jobs that included dishwasher, graveyard-shift waitress, shoe-salesgirl, A&W fast food worker, deep-frying artichokes, and selling Fullerbrush and Avon door to door.
I have a feeling effete Liberals or Progressives will score lower on this Bubble Quiz than Conservatives. It’d be interesting to see how Fellowship of the Minds’ readers do on this quiz.
National Review’s David French scored “17” on the quiz. I support his endorsement of Charles Murray’s call for successful Americans to leave the bubble and to consciously engage across the entire spectrum of American society.
To take the Bubble Quiz, click here!!!
H/t Bob Russell. 🙂
Update (Feb 8, 2012):
Charles Murray, author of the bubble book, explains there’s a “new upper class” in America who increasingly are different and insulated from larger America, which is why we don’t them. Go here.