The AP and CNN Get 'The Huxtable Effect' All Wrong

Why the mainstream media got 'The Huxtable Effect' wrong.

Sigh. The good thing about having a blog is that you have a blog. The bad thing about having a blog is that news reporters can take your theories and mangle them all to hell and publish it all over the world.

Today, the Associated Press had a piece crediting me with something I never did. They claim I have a theory that The Cosby Show is why Obama was elected.

What I actually posited was much more complex than that.I said that the social norms of a population are generally formed through its popular culture.

I also said that many social scientists agree that political movements of sweeping scope must be rooted in prior cultural movements, in order to prime the public for the change. Most notably this theory was put forth by Harold Cruse in his book The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual.
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