Thursday, 1 October 2009

Labouring The Sun


The Sun newspaper (I hesitate to call it that) has come out in favour of the British Conservative party, after having supported Labour for the last 12 years.

Now for those not from the UK, The Sun is a tabloid paper mainly containing football, news about celebrities, sport and lots of tits. It is not really noted for its in-depth political analysis – unless the story concerns a woman MP who has large tits.

If the readers of The Sun take any cognizance of the editor’s political leanings (and I see no reason why they should), then at a stroke the IQ of Labour electorate has jumped several points, while that of the Conservative electorate has plunged by an equal amount.

I always thought that papers reflected the views of their readership, not dictated it. Start telling them how to vote and you soon start pissing them off as it’s tantamount to telling them they have no brain or opinions of their own – although in the case of Sun readers……….

I was listening to a programme on the radio yesterday about autism. On getting home I did an autism spectrum questionnaire compiled by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University (yes, he's related to Sacha) and so did Hay. She came out with a score of 16, indicating she’s quite normal (for a woman), whereas I had a score of 27, showing me to be at the autistic end of the normal section of the spectrum. I just make the excuse that I’m an alpha-male, as autism has been described as being the equivalent of having an ultra-male brain.

What’s your score?



16 comments:

  1. I did the test and I am boringly normal (21) Perhaps I should read the Sun! (No forget I said that ... just off to wash my mouth out with soap and water)

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  2. Possibly about 57.

    I have no idea but christ it was fun to type that.

    Yeah, make that 8.

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  3. I think it is absolutely hysterical that the "newspaper" associated with Page 3 girls is "conservative"

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  4. I did the test a while ago and scored 26. Rats. Potentially I am in the wrong profession and am possibly the wrong sex too...

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  5. Your score: 32
    0 - 10 = low
    11 - 22 = average (most women score about 15 and most men score about 17)
    23 - 31 = above average
    32 - 50 is very high (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 35)
    50 is maximum

    hmmmmm

    AV

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  6. Alan: Step away from that newspaper!

    Braja: I'd assume you to be quite normal.

    Kat: I like it!

    Kabbalah: Mmm - I'm worried about you, but not as much as AV.

    AV: I take it you have difficulty doing more than one thing at a time and don't like people much?

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  7. In fact Bill, quite the opposite, and I answered so in the questionnaire. I construe from all that that I can't look at the tits in the Sun....

    AV

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  8. Sorry Bill, I forgot to mention that I have published this on Life... http://itsnotthecoffin.blogspot.com/
    Linked to you of course.

    AV

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  9. AV: You'll go blind if you do. Use smoked glass.

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  10. Yes, indeed, prudence is best, well she was at primary school along with her friend Wendy.

    AV

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  11. Ahem! So, I gather you are.....NOT a subscriber?!
    I scored 17 by the way..how frustrating to get such a low score!!

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  12. Roshni: I read one paper a week, The Sunday Times, and I'm getting heartily sick of its polulist approach.

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  13. 30

    I read the Metro and the BBC reports as well as our local paper which, by the way, goes contrary to the Sun's previous slant.
    That is to say, the Indy Star usually leans right, or conservative. I have a log within the paper to hold down the damned balloon from too high a post (or, reality check, if you will) but, since your Sun is leaning another direction, perhaps the Star is, also?
    I doubt it.
    Money runs the papers here, for the most part.
    Sad, but, they almost take pride in achieving a shepherd's position over us and pushing us one way or the other.

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  14. The Conservatives will be dropping a big backhander to Rupert Murdoch, then (in some way, shape or form)...

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  15. Wow, that was interesting - I scored 9, phew a relief, really, given that I often feel a little out of things, that I don't quite fit, and a little 'English Eccentric'!

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  16. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u
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