Friday, July 2, 2010
Nobody Knows You're Geographically Illiterate on the Internet
Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West was widely ridiculed for her recent assertion that Arizona does not share a border with Mexico.
Unprecedented gaffe, right?
Not so fast, sez Jim Stangl.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist decided to turn the tables on Arizona county supervisors and asked some of them about their goegraphic knowledge of Wisconsin. You can read the results in "The 'Peggy Wests' of the West".
And while you're at it, you might want to take a look at a 2006 National Geographic/Roper Poll on the geographic knowledge of young adults.
Yeah, that's right. Half of the 18 to 24 years olds surveyed couldn't find New York on a map.