On January 2, 2012 (in the 1st hour)
Dave read an article from Consumerist.com, an online magazine website, with the title “Study: Rick People Are Unfeeling Robots Devoid Of Compassion” (aired in the 1st hour on 1/2/12). The study was conducted on 300 college students from various income levels by psychologist Jennifer Stellar.
Dave was, shall we say, less forgiving to the survey methodology behind the study. Let us mimic the article by making a couple of assumptions about the 300 subjects used in this study:
What college students know about being rich
I am making the assumption that they do know something about being rich considering they have access to food, shelter, and clean water that is far more superior than a majority of the world’s population.
What college students know about Unfeeling Robots
Again, I am making the assumption that they know something about this variable since quite a few of them talk to Siri, the intelligent software assistant that comes pre-installed on the new iPhone, and are attending a University.
What the study proved
This study of College students who are relatively rich and know something about unfeeling robots that were asked questions about empathy proved this to me: You have to look at everything you read or watch with a critical eye. This study was not presented with an objective eye, it was targeted to get you to read it. There was no mention of robots or androids or even cyborgs in the original article that was released on Time.com, so this was a headline designed to get our eyeballs.
The motivation for printing this article was to get clicks and grow readership. Dave reading this on-air just gave them a boost in web-traffic, so Consumerism.com got what they wanted: our eyeballs.