The Most Revolutionary Act

Diverse Ramblings of an American Refugee

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
New Plymouth, New Zealand
December 02
Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at


DECEMBER 16, 2012 4:47PM

Young Americans Abandon Corporate Media

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Average Fox news viewer

Average Fox News viewer

According to the December 12 Washington’s Blog, the average Fox News viewer is 65, the average CNN viewer 63 and the average MSNBC viewer 59.

In 2010 The Pew Research Center’s biennial consumption survey revealed the average age of a regular evening news viewer was 53, seven years older than the average American. The more recent Pew Research Center 2012 News Consumption Survey supports these findings. They found only 28% of Americans age 18-29 watch TV news regularly. Young Americans who follow current events (approximately 70% of those under 30) are far more likely to get their news from digital news platforms, including cell phones and social networks.

Surely this evidence that the pro-war and pro-Wall Street TV news, like print newspapers and news magazines (e.g. Time and Newsweek), has gone the way of the dinosaurs is cause to celebrate. Call me an incurable optimist, but I have always had faith in the youth of America to recognize when they are being lied to. With young people abandoning TV news in a big way, advertisers will be quick to follow, as this age group is their prime market.

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That younger people don't watch television "news" (propaganda) is as likely to be because we've raised a totally self-absorbed generation as it is because the 'news' is intrinsically flawed.

Fortunately my contact with with generation X,Y and now Z (both professionally and politically) is much different from yours. I have found each generation to reach maturity (by which I mean they give up their self-centered view of the world) earlier than the next. My experience with baby boomers, in contrast, is that a lot of them are still extremely egocentric. This tends to be more true of men than with women who have had children. When totally egocentric women raise kids, they either die or are removed from their care.