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I have no bubble!

How Thick Is Your Bubble?

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On a scale from 0 to 20 points, where 20 signifies full engagement with mainstream American culture and 0 signifies deep cultural isolation within the new upper class bubble, you scored between 13 and 16.

In other words, you don’t even have a bubble.

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17 Responses to I have no bubble!

  • Then you must be a loser, because I don’t have one either.
    Same score.

  • you scored between 13 and 16.

    In other words, you don’t even have a bubble.

    I guess this and a buck or so will get me coffee at McDonalds, if I drank coffee.

  • Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010, Charles Murray argues that a new elite class has emerged that is much more ignorant about the lives of ordinary Americans than were the elites of earlier generations:

    As the new upper class increasingly consists of people who were born into upper-middle-class families and have never lived outside the upper-middle-class bubble, the danger increases that the people who have so much influence on the course of the nation have little direct experience with the lives of ordinary Americans, and make their judgments about what’s good for other people based on their own highly atypical lives…

    I used to work in a closed shop (i.e. I was a member of the United Steel Workers) for $3.18/hour as a large drill press operator. At the end of the day of putting steel yokes (part of a trunk universal joint) into a drill press jig, my hands would hurt like hell. After a few weeks, the pain went away and you began to believe you could hammer in nails with the heel of your hand.

  • Actually, I’m kind of disappointed. I’m white collar, advanced degree, the whole nine yards, and I’m not even close to being one of the elite. So, here I am, stuck with a diesel pickup in the driveway, and 10 years of active-duty military service in my past.

    I guess it’s too late to become a Community Organizer, now.

  • I still have no clue who that NASCAR guy was though. So, there’s that.

    • @DaleFranks You could cheat a bit on that question and save the image… his name was in the file name ;)

      • @DocD @DaleFranks After reflection, I’ve concluded that knowing who that was would have made your score WORSE – if you were looking to be bubbled.

      • @DocD @DaleFranks Now, for the sake of research, go back and answer ‘no’ to most of the questions you think an average person would answer yes to – you should answer yes on oprah, and yes on the parades.

        And hell, we could have just lied about the NASCAR dude, it’s not like the test demanded we PROVE we knew his name. Knowing it would have surely helped keep out of the bubble zone.

    • @DaleFranks I was trying to sort out if that would help establish bubble for me or not.

      I personally think it’s a phony survey. Worse yet, the older you are, the more likely you are to have ridden one of those bus thingies. A lot of those questions, the older you are, the more likely.

      It was an age test Dale, and now, we’re marked for youth-in-asia.

      • @looker @DaleFranks Dude, even me as a foreigner got 13-16 points. I was tripped up by the NASCAR, armed forces and evangelical friends I think. I did love the question about parades, basically do you go to leftie parades, being gay and anti-war OR do you not (which I presume means you go to other parades like, erm, St Paddies day?). How about… I do not go to ANY parades?

        • @DocD @DaleFranks What we need is for some commenter to fess up that they DIDN’T get 13-16 so they can splain how they managed that. I suppose this explains, once again, why my Davos invitation did NOT arrive.

        • @looker @DaleFranks My test results probably explain why I prefer Houston to Davos, apart from the fact that in my dotage I can get pretty cross-eyed on a couple of frozen margeritas in Texas usually. I feel the urge to go and buy a pick-up truck…

    • @DaleFranks I was trying to sort out if that would help establish bubble for me or not.

      I personally think it’s a phony survey. Worse yet, the older you are, the more likely you are to have ridden one of those bus thingies. A lot of those questions, the older you are, the more likely.

      It was an age test Dale, and now, we’re marked for youth-in-asia.

  • “…you scored between 9 and 12.

    In other words, even if you’re part of the new upper class, you’ve had a lot of exposure to the rest of America.”

    Nice to know I’m part of the new upper class. I know some acquaintances outside the South, particularly in Seattle, who would probably take issue with that.

    I think an aversion to beer and a lack of interest in pick-up trucks kept me from joining the rest of you knuckle-draggers. Heck, I even eat brie once in a while.

    Sounds like I could get some counter-points from that driver though. I recognized him instantly. I have a NASCAR-fan wife who adopted him as her driver when he first started in the sport. She’s got a personally signed poster from him.

  • I was hoping to be the outlier here, but alas, same 13 points of bubbleless existence.

    • @CaptinSarcastic it would be really difficult. I got it down to 4, but I had to mindlessly answer NO to most of the questions. It did tell me I was so bubbled I wouldn’t ever realize bubbles even existed.