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Open Phones: Opinion Roulette

Monday, April 09, 2012

We invite you to call in with your opinion on any issue, as long as you respond to the opinion of the caller before you.  Give us a call at 212-433-9692 or post here!

Comments [7]

geTaylor from Bklyn, NY

{Only six (6) comments in the past hour}

I suppose that the lack of comment on this segment can be pitched, spun, "nar-rated" towards one of two arcs:

1. There are no further comments worth making. The segment was designed to, produced for, and actually accomplished a not only comprehensive but exhaustive treatment of the opinions of the listeners at that time. (And possibly for as long as the podcast is available.)

2. There was little substantive interest in the segment.

I suppose the future frequency of this format will actually "explicate" the effect.
(Wait a minute, "public" radio doesn't rely on audience interest popularity to remain viable; it only requires the donations of a requisite number of "one per-centers") and a tiny contribution of public tax revenue (is the cost of ownership of the individual stations ever calculated as part of NPR's costs?) to be viable.)

There are a couple of "data points" that I would like to have in choosing "reality":

?*? How did the number of calls you received for this segment of "Open Phones: Opinion Roulette" compare to the number of calls received for previous segments of "Open Phones: Opinion Roulette"?; today's other segments? [? a comparison with segments over a large time period: last Monday's, next Monday's; next week's", next week's?](by the way I would really appreciate have the numbers to compare, rather than just getting your possible characterizations of the comparisons )

?*? How did the call "screeners" manage the calls that were received for the opportunity to be "on-air"? [i.e., how do you form an on-hold queue since each caller had to be connected to the one before?]

Apr. 09 2012 02:29 PM
Niall Cain from Dobbs Ferry

The assertion by a caller on this segment that "more guns equals less crime" is based on a study that makes the specious assertion that since violent crime has generally decreased in cities that allow concealed weapons that more concealed weapons equals less crime. Frankly an absurd assertion. The fact is that gun death rates are 5 to 6 times higher in states that allow concealed guns. This is hard data - see link below.
http://www.vpc.org/press/1110gundeath.htm
Another quick point - gun ownership has increased in states with lax gun control laws largely due to the fact that gun owners have more guns not that there are more citezens carrying guns.

Apr. 09 2012 12:02 PM

Go Ed!

Apr. 09 2012 10:55 AM
andy from manhattan

hold on! this current caller just said that more guns equals less crime, then boasted that stop and frisk has removed 5000 guns from the streets of new york. so isn't stop and frisk a failure, by his book?

hard to believe that those who side with authority so readily would hold double standards. *not*.

Apr. 09 2012 10:55 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Clunky segment.....30 seconds to react, 90 seconds to make your opinion known.

Apr. 09 2012 10:52 AM
Asaf Soof from Union Sq

In regards to the Tyler Clementi case. My opinion is that WNYC was bais in covering this case. It felt that WNYC had an agenda in publiczing this case and especially portraying Dharun Ravi's crime as a hate crime. To me when as bad form as it was; seemed to be more of youth stupidity rather than a hate crime. Also there were so many other factors in the case that were ignored (Tyler Clementi family and his male friend). Usually WNYC does a much better job at covering such cases.

Apr. 09 2012 10:50 AM
gordon from Verona, NJ

The NY Times today has an article about the drastic cuts to education in Texas
Rick Perry used to talk about how great everything was there and how the
other states should emulate Texas. Not in regard to education, thanks.

Apr. 09 2012 10:46 AM

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