How Out Of Touch Are You? A Quiz

Remember this post, Marion Nestle, Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Dr. Weil, Michelle Obama … They Just Don’t Get It, where Charlie Cook described the gulf between the haves and the have nots? And where I said that not everyone can eat organic? Cook said the haves are so out of touch with the have-nots, they can’t understand how someone like Trump could rise in his party. He said the have-nots (in both parties) are angry, angry that they’ve been left behind, angry that people in power don’t give a rat’s behind that their wages have stagnated, as long as they continue voting for them. Well, the have-nots have stopped voting for them. They’re voting for Trump and Sanders. And the respective political establishments are upset.

There will be people reading this who think they are not part of the haves. But they are. They don’t know they are because they are out of touch, they live in a bubble.

Do you live in a bubble? Bill sent this article that links to a quiz “that claims to determine whether or not you live in a “bubble”, isolated from the mainstream American experience:”

The Most Out-Of-Touch Places In America, The Washington Post, 12 April 2016

Here’s the quiz:
Do You Live In A Bubble? A Quiz, PBS Newshour, 24 March 2016

Scroll down about a half page and you’ll see something that looks like this:


The lower your score, the more insulated you are from mainstream Americans.

The quiz is based on Charles Murray’s book, Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010. Murray calls the haves who live in a bubble “elites.” Elites…

… drink wine instead of cheap beer … get married later and have kids later; they buy fresh produce at Whole Foods and exercise to stay trim. And many of them pile into exclusive Zip codes where these habits are the norm.

It’s almost as if elites live in an entirely different galaxy, with their $50 yoga classes, their single-origin coffees and their NPR podcasts. Murray concedes that some of these differences might seem trifling, but he argues that these examples underscore the divergence between fancy people and the rest of America.

Murray said:

“If you have grown to adulthood and you have never held a job that caused a body part to hurt at the end of the day, you fundamentally do not understand what work is like for a great proportion of the population.”

One caveat. Murray says that even if you’re now an investment banker living on Park Avenue, if you grew up in a working-class neighborhood you might still score high:

Your present life may be completely encased in the bubble, but you brought a lot of experience into the bubble that will always be part of your understanding of the world.

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