Sunday, November 13, 2005

Future of the United States Pop Quiz II

Write brief but complete answers for the following questions. Each question is worth 33 1/3 points.

1. Twenty-six percent of American children under two years of age have a television in their bedrooms.1 Explain.

2. Eighty-nine percent of the Fortune top 100 companies use the Myers-Briggs personality test in employee placement and hiring.1 Explain.

3. About seven hundred new antibacterial products have been introduced into U.S. markets in the past ten years.3 Explain.

1 Susan Linn, Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood, p.5. The New Press, New York, 2004.

2 Barbara Ehrenreich, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, p.32. Metropolitan Books, New York, 2005.

3 Jeanette Farrell, Invisible Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives, p.16. Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2005.

1 comment:

Mr. Pants said...

1) in our 'age of urgency' the family unit has devolved/dissolved into an autonomous amalgamation of individuals centered around one constant, the television. today's parents are product of a social climate of an era where women moved to the workforce en masse. the mass-appearance of the two-income household (interestingly enough in tandem with the television boom) created a reliance, or moreso a symbiotic relationship with the tv. eventually,the television became the live-in nanny, as it allowed parents to effectively entertain the children without any additional supervision. now, as we see children raised on tv become parents, we also see the use of the tv as an acceptable form of parenting.

2. the myers-briggs personality test is a cookie-cutter, a businessman-shaped hoop that one must jump through. my belief is that this test caters to those who are willing to accept moderate levels of power and responsibility while also maintaining an unflinching devotion to and unquestioning response to higher (blind) authority.

3. The "advent of antibacterial technology" is a red herring in response to a paper tiger (if only i could complete the animal trifecta). Simply put, supply and demand. Supply an threat, the public will demand a cure, even if the threat is invisible, everpresent, and possibly deadly and the cure only serves to perpetuate and exacerbate the initial threat. Sounds kind of like organized religion.