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Pop culture savvy beats news knowledge: poll

Tue, 15 Aug 2006 16:53:02 EDT
CBC Arts

Americans may be caught up on their pop culture factoids but are not so quick on topics like news, classical literature, science and history, according to a new poll released Monday.

More poll respondents could name Bart as Homer's son on Fox's animated series The Simpsons than could name The Iliad or The Odyssey as works by ancient Greek poet Homer. (Canadian Press) The producers behind Gold Rush, an upcoming interactive, pop culture-themed reality TV competition, commissioned the poll to gauge the U.S. public's knowledge of pop culture.

The findings suggest that Americans are more interested in modern offerings like The Simpsons or American Idol than in classical literature or even U.S. current events.



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