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Old 03-31-2016, 02:47 PM
 
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Do you live in a bubble? A quiz | PBS NewsHour

Saw some conversion about "what middle America is?" and it made me think of a pretty interesting quiz I took last week. Examines how big of a bubble you live in and takes a guess of what your background is. Obviously not an exact science, but interesting none the less.

I got a 24. I was on the lower end of the average and appear to be more disconnected to middle America than most who took the quiz. So do you think this is accurate? Do you think you are average?

Edit: I butchered the title. Classic
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Well, it's not about "Middle America" but rather "Mainstream America."

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The higher your score, the thinner your bubble. The lower, the more insulated you might be from mainstream American culture.
I got a 36.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:14 PM
 
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Well, it's not about "Middle America" but rather "Mainstream America."
Well do you think there is a disconnect between middle and mainstream America's? I always take the saying "middle america" as average American?
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:20 PM
 
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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I got a 42 - I think middle means working class America (i.e. Blue Collar). I think it is accurate.

I think most in my situation would have gotten less but I have worked in factories for a long time.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:29 PM
 
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Well do you think there is a disconnect between middle and mainstream America's? I always take the saying "middle america" as average American?
Middle America is pretty well educated....this isn't about the Midwest, as you seem to be implying. ??
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:33 PM
 
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Well do you think there is a disconnect between middle and mainstream America's? I always take the saying "middle america" as average American?
First off, I'm just reporting what the website actually states. It states "mainstream American culture."

In terms of my personal interpretation: I think "Middle America" has a connotation of rural/suburban midwest.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:37 PM
 
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First off, I'm just reporting what the website actually states. It states "mainstream American culture."

In terms of my personal interpretation: I think "Middle America" has a connotation of rural/suburban midwest.
why can't anyone ask you a question without you getting defensive..

I was just curious as to what you thought. I don't personally think it has anything to do with the Midwest in particular. I do agree that a majority of America's live in a somewhat rural community.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:38 PM
 
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Middle America is pretty well educated....this isn't about the Midwest, as you seem to be implying. ??
I was trying to say I thought Middle and Mainstream America were close to being the same thing. It just means Average. Has nothing to do with where you live.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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why can't anyone ask you a question without you getting defensive..

I was just curious as to what you thought. I don't personally think it has anything to do with the Midwest in particular. I do agree that a majority of America's live in a somewhat rural community.
I don't see any defensiveness in my post. Just pointing out that you changed the phrase. I think that's important because the phrase you use might mean different things to different people.

^That was my answer to your question. Many people don't take "middle America" to mean "average." There certainly is a geographic element that others might see here. My point was that your phrasing is kind of confusing.

That's the answer. Not sure what you're asking if that's not the information you were looking for.

I'm honored to know that you follow my posts so closely that you know when I get "defensive." Basically its anytime I disagree with someone. I guess I'm supposed to just follow the masses. My bad.
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