This chart just shows the average of each group, and probably discludes outliers or they are not represented fairly by the data. Also, it didn’t do anything to explain why the relationship between SAT scores and music was there, it just shows data that they collected. I know a genius who loves rage against the machine and did very well on his SAT in 8th grade. So this data doesn’t really tell me anything about what people who are really smart like, just a general trend. And the chart is only racist because it is the truth that people who are african american generally score lower on the SAT, not necessarily because of genes but because of environment while growing up, it’s not racism if it’s documented and true
This is absurd. I usually REALLY like the stuff you usually post Peggy, but this one is misleading at best and prejudiced at worst. Since the SAT mostly measures whether you come from a privileged demographic (white, male, wealthy family, urban, private school attendance) rather than actual achievement, this music chart simply reflects social, racial and religious demographics, not (what the figure implies) that intelligence is somehow correlated to musical taste, which is nonsense. Most of the music selections listed at the lower end are more popular among minorities, whereas those at the top tend to be popular among Caucasians. Speaking solely for myself, I come from what you would call the priviledged end of the spectrum (White male, grew up wealthy etc.), did well on the SAT and my music tastes are not even remotely reflected in this chart either by artist or genre. UGH, I resent the person who actually took the time to cobble together this wonderful example of how to lie with statistics. Non-random sampling indeed.
Keep in mind that Griffith a) Took music tastes off of college student Facebook profiles, and then b) combined those data with the average SAT score for the college each student attended. The results are, in truth, next to meaningless, but it’s a neat idea! Also, U2 sucks.
In a Moment of Clarity, Jay-Z admits that he targets the low SAT folks: “I dumb down for my audience, to double my dollars
They criticize me for it, yet they all yell “Holla”
If skills sold, truth be told
I’d probably be lyrically, Talib Kweli
Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense(But i did five Mil)
I ain’t been rhymin like Common since”
Books that make you dumb.