July 14, 2004
This must mean I'm fair and balanced.
Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 14, 2004 3:19 PM
I got a "right in the middle" score on Slate's Red state vs. Blue state quiz. I suppose that's fair; while I've mostly lived in "blue state" environments, I have a lot of "red state" family. On the other hand, I have a very "blue state" mentality so one might argue that the quiz should capture that rather than just my background. Part of the problem is that the quiz asks a lot of knowledge-based questions, and because I consume a lot of news media I know who Dale Earnhardt and Jim Caviezel are even though I don't care about NASCAR and haven't seen The Passion. There are a handful of experience-based questions (yes, I have fired a gun), and even better for ascertaining mentality, preference questions (the last set about movies). Now that I think about it, an interesting variant would be a quiz that uses purely the contents of your DVD collection to assign red/blue status.
I'm smack dab in the middle as well...interesting quiz there. I liked the dog-walking question.
I got in the middle. I think that if so many of the questions weren't just based on random samplings of pop-culture knowledge on either side of the spectrum, the results would be more polarized...
Not related to the post, but who the fuck decided that Jimmy Fallon could be successful in show business, and which vengeance demon do I make a wish to in order to reverse this? I ask because I saw a preview for an atrocious looking movie with him before Anchorman today.
Incidentally, I saw another preview for a movie called The Grudge which has Sarah Michelle Gellar in it. It's a very twisted tale of this movie's production: it's produced by Sam Raimi as a remake of a Japanese horror movie in 2003. However, the American version is directed by the same director as the Japanese version and the trailer and cover of the 2003 movie seem to signify that it's something like the American version of The Ring and the Japanese version. Very odd stuff.
Anchorman, by the way, was mindlessly hilarious.
Heh, I got a ways in, and got sick of picking boxes at random because I'm a philistine. I guess I'll never know whether I'm "red" or "blue"--GASP! Hell, I don't even know what those mean, though I probably would if I bothered to read the article. Oh well!