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Stupider than usual Meme

After reading this I'm firmly convinced that the original was created by someone from New York City.
Because if the idea that you have more of these is an indicator of higher class? Well, frankly, no, not by a long shot.


1. Father went to college

2. Father finished college
Father didn't finish high school, but he did eventually go to vocational school. I was long grown by then.

3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college

Mother found that in her chosen field, an AA or an MA are vastly preferred over a BA.

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
My mom's cousin for whom I am named. Nobody terribly close otherwise.

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
I have NO idea what this is supposed to mean. If it's economic class ... my high school teachers, though paid adequately, were not particularly wealthy nor considered "high class" economically. If it's social class ... my high school teachers were middle class professionals and not particularly "high society", but then there wasn't much of what I'd call "high society" anywhere in the Medford, Oregon area.

7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
My grandmother's place, which was one of my childhood homes, had more than 500 books.

9. Were read children's books by a parent.
Anyone whose parents can read is very likely to have had this happen at least once.

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively.
I've never met you. Seriously, other than ethnic costume, most Americans dress a lot alike, and I have (tested) "no" dialectic accent.
Actually I have a very plastic accent - if I am around someone with a strong accent for too long I start to mimic it unconsciously.
This is another weird statement, though. The Bushes would be considered "high class" socially and yet, their accent in general is mocked.

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18.
No... Very few people can get a credit card before they're 18 because they can't sign contracts legally. If they can, it's because they are
emancipated minors, which is really not an indicator of social status, or their parents have gotten some kind of special card that they pay
but the kid can use. These are vanishingly rare most places.

14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs.

15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
I, through loans and government grants under a program that Ronny Reagan destroyed, paid for all my college costs.

16. Went to a private high school
Not sure that's an economic-class thing most places. I know several "lower economic class" people who have their kids in private highschools.
It's more a "religious paranoia about the kids learning stuff we don't want them to know" thing.

17. Went to summer camp
Lots of people went to summer camp here. Summer camps are cheap and plentiful.

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18.
Most of the people I knew who had private tutors were having trouble in school and were assigned tutors because they were failing.
This was a "free" thing ... I tutored a few kids myself.

19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels.
Family vacations?

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.
Poor grammar. Does this mean "You never had hand-me-down clothing until you were 18" or "By the time you were 18 your clothing was bought new"?
At the time I was living with my Dad and stepmom, when we were very poor (Dad was a cowboy/ranch hand at the time. Does not pay well) the clothes
we had were pretty much nicer than what most of the richer kids had - because they were hand-made by my stepmother who was a very good seamstress.

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them.

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child.
Yes, done by family members, and by myself after a while.

23. You and your family lived in a single-family house.
This is not an indicator of economic status except in cities. Nearly everyone lives in single family houses away from large cities, and even
the poorest people on the poorest reservations (speaking of where poverty has been a real issue) had single-family homes.

24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home.
My Mom and stepdad left home when I was 18. They did not own a house at that time. My Dad ... may have owned the trailer they lived in at some point. I was never aware of it.

25. You had your own room as a child
Sometimes. Sometimes not. Usually shared with others.

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18.

27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course.

28. Had your own TV in your room in high school.

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college .

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16.

31. Went on a cruise with your family.

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family.

33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.
Well yes, but not as a regular thing, as they were not common where I grew up.
Another "Cities" thing.

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.
I was generally oblivious of what it cost to live.

Comments

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divinemissb
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
That IS kind of a weird meme, I mean, by those standards, I'm right up there with all the high-class society people ... and well, you've met me, do I seem all snotty and high-class to you? =)
foomf
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Not particularly. I think it's "How closely do you conform to the things that some random New York City dweller thinks are indicators of high society, and really should get out more."
cobie
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
wow, looking over that and filling it out mentally.. well, it looks like i grew up impoverished and it's a miracle i can read and write!
foomf
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I suspect that it's like Woody Allen's films: created for a very small group (appx. 50) of intellectuals living in NYC.
erikred
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
It is geared toward a mindset that looks on Brad and Buffy and prep school as things that are common, isn't it? Wackiness.
foomf
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
More proof that this kind of polling should be designed by professionals.
kwsapphire
Jan. 4th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's about CLASS? I had read it's a "how privelaged are you" meme, which I didn't take to mean class. I took it to mean "count your blessings". O_o I feel dumb now.
foomf
Jan. 4th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
I didn't think of it as privilege, and several of my friends list have marked it as "economic class" perhaps cued by the teacher thing.

Personally, I find it interesting but weird.
It would be less cognitive-dissonance for me if it were asking more random questions.
anita_margarita
Jan. 5th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I filled it out and was puzzled by 6 and 12. What are those supposed to mean? And what's the point of the whole thing?
foomf
Jan. 5th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what the point of it is either.

And numbers 6 and 12 were baffling to me too, though I know that #12 is kind of a sideways stab at race.
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