Tag Archives: New York Times

Go Stet Yourself

There’s a long (winding) oped at the New York Times about how Internet users (on online forums) seem to dramatically change the structure of English grammar. This is only interesting because I also have a knack to write long winding nonsensical messages to a family member.

Last Friday, I saw this Pew survey, a quiz so you will, that tests your ‘News IQ’. I did the test too and I ended up in the high 91s: I missed one question and that was the one about how many American soldiers have died in Iraq. What is ‘News IQ’ anyway? What is it supposed to tell me? I mean, if you generally read a lot of newspapers and that, the survey is a piece of cake, but even if you missed questions, how is this quiz going to be significant? That being said: I actually like Pew Research’s main page. They even provide free access to their datasets(that is, you need to register first). Food for statisticians.

So, yeah, ‘The Dark Knight’ was released the other day, and if you don’t know what that is, you should probably check into that Pew survey above. The movie is getting rave review and hits an average of 9.7 at IMDB. No: It can’t be. Without a doubt, this is partly because of Heath Ledger’s untimely death. If you think of it: I bet the actor has a higher approval rating than the current sitting president of the US.