* Jerold Hargis (sigrah@xxxxxxxxxxxxx), on [07-15-02 08:23], wrote: > http://news.com.com/2102-1040-943519.html Wow...what a news flash. "In other news, Neilsen/NetRatings released a study today that said that 95% of all persons who own $35,000 gas guzzling car crunching status-symbol SUVs are better educated and richer than their <all other automobiles>-using counterparts." Pick an expensive status symbol, any expensive status symbol, then compare its users to users of everything else in the same general class and what do you think you'll find? This study is just more totally meaningless Nielsen marketing drivel. It has an eye-catching conclusion that is bound to be pounced on by those naive enough to believe that those with wealth or academic station choose only the "best" products to invest in. It's been my experience that the most wealthy and better-educated persons I've ever met tend to spend their money on the most blatant status-symbol crap I've ever seen just because it's shiny, or see-through, or has a gold Lexus badge on it, or some other idiotic reason. Notice that the page doesn't even _link_ to the actual study itself? Has anyone who's forwarded this on actually_looked_ at their methodology? No, of course not...it has a flashy headline, so people forward it along happily as proof of their Macinrighteousness and Ian Fried, Staff Writer, CNET News.com cackles happily as he realizes his plan to increase his story's hit score is working like a champ. Neil "WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!" -- Rage Against The Machine, "Wake Up"