Bad News

by | Jul 17, 2007

If you believe an informed citizenry is the key to a healthy democracy, this following bit of news from The New York Times is more than a little alarming.

According to a report released last week the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, only 16 percent of young adults aged 18 to 30 said that they read a newspaper every day and only 9 percent of teenagers said that they did.

Furthermore, despite the popular belief that young people are flocking to the Internet, the survey found that teenagers and young adults were twice as likely to get daily news from television than from the Web.

[UPDATE] A new study from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows that Americans, on average, are less able to correctly answer questions about current events than they were in 1989.

Source: Wired