Media Mashup: August 5, 2015

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Dumb: The Extent of Outrage Over Cecil

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 69% of Likely U.S. Voters say they have been following recent news reports about Planned Parenthood, with 38% who are following Very Closely.  Nearly as many (61%) say they have been closely following news reports about the killing of Cecil the Lion, but that includes only 28% who have been following Very Closely.

Thirty-one percent (31%) have not been following stories about Planned Parenthood closely, if at all. Thirty-eight percent (38%) say the same about the lion story.

This is more attention than voters were paying to the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber at the beginning of the year but roughly comparable to the number who were following news reports about President Obama’s new tax plan outlined in his State of the Union address in January. Voters are more attentive to the president’s plan to exempt up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation.

Dumber: Computers Make Kids Inattentive and Poor Researchers

At the age of just five, more than 50% of American children habitually use a computer or tablet device, while 95% of those aged 12 to 17 years regularly access the internet, spending more time online than their parents or teachers. 80% of American teens are active on social media.

Attention spans are dropping and information overload is leading to a lack of comprehension of the deeper subject.  94% of US teachers confirm that students associate  “research” with trawling Google and other search engines with Wikipedia cited by 75% of teachers as a source for their material. See http://bit.ly/1hj27fr

Dumbest: Investing in Apple This Year

Shares of Apple finished down $3.80, or 3.2%, to $114.64 in regular trading Tuesday, meaning they’ve fallen more than 14% since hitting their high of $134.54 on April 28.

The losses have wiped out $113 billion in paper wealth or roughly the value of Nike or McDonald’s.

Analysts worry the Apple free fall may bring the entire market down. See http://on.mktw.net/1MJXGqT

I am off today to San Francisco, the site of my almost misspent youth.

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