Friday, 3 August 2007

Important New Research On Opinion Entitlement

I found this particular news article from the University of Chicago's School for Behavioral Science to be particularly on target:


Study: 38 Percent Of People Not Actually Entitled To Their Opinion


CHICAGO—In a surprising refutation of the conventional wisdom on opinion entitlement, a study conducted by the University of Chicago's School for Behavioral Science concluded that more than one-third of the U.S. population is neither entitled nor qualified to have opinions.

"On topics from evolution to the environment to gay marriage to immigration reform, we found that many of the opinions expressed were so off-base and ill-informed that they actually hurt society by being voiced," said chief researcher Professor Mark Fultz, who based the findings on hundreds of telephone, office, and dinner-party conversations compiled over a three-year period. "While people have long asserted that it takes all kinds, our research shows that American society currently has a drastic oversupply of the kinds who don't have any good or worthwhile thoughts whatsoever. We could actually do just fine without them."

In 2002, Fultz's team shook the academic world by conclusively proving the existence of both bad ideas during brainstorming and dumb questions during question-and-answer sessions.


From The Onion :)

2 comments:

Ash said...

This is the kind of thing that appears to be a joke, or as something that shouldn't be said, but actually I completely agree! Personally, I never comment on things I know nothing about, and sometimes it would be nice if others did this too...

Christopher Chandler said...

That's why I love The Onion. So many layers of humour and truth. It is irredeemably satirical, yet often uncannily truthful.