|April 27, 2011|
|Sitting Too Much Listening to NPR|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|For once and for all, let’s put NPR's fuddy-duddy image to rest. |
Listeners of National Public Radio are not policy wonks or people hungry for news about political developments in France or the latest happenings in the Syrian, Egyptian, Libyan uprisings.
They don’t really care whether "The Donald" is going to throw his toupee into the presidential race or if his campaign is kaput now that Shep Smith has declared: "Fox News Can Confirm That President Of The United States Is A Citizen Of the United States, Period."
Question for Shep: Where was that elusive Obama birth certificate? Was it in the vault of New Corp boss Rupert Murdoch or Fox chief Roger Ailes?
What tickles the fancy of NPR’s audience? Yours truly was a bit stunned yesterday with a “Morning Edition” blockbuster report on the dangers presented by sitting for extended periods of time.
That’s right, sitting on the job. Scientists, NPR breathlessly reported, are just beginning “to learn about the risks of a mostly sedentary day” where most of cubicle America exercises only fingers and vocal cords. It seems most of America spends about 16 hours a day sitting in a car or at work, couch, barstool and dinner table.
Major muscles aren’t moving, helping to trigger a growth in waist size or risks of heart attacks, diabetes or other maladies. The elegant solution: run in place or at least stand every hour or so. Another suggestion: try to balance yourself on a ball rather that sitting in a chair. Explain that to your boss.
This blogger (a big fan of NPR) thought the sitting scoop smacked of elitism, since millions of unemployed Americans would die for an opportunity to sit at any kind of work for seven hours a day.
After a brisk jog to work, I found that I was a loner in the “down on sitting camp.” Standing before my computer, I logged on to the NPR site and found that Patti Neighmond’s “Sitting All Day: Worse For You Than You Might Think” ranked as the most popular story. Sitting won hands-down. It topped other hard-hitting stories such as the second most popular story about the apparently hotly anticipated release of “Helpless Blues” from Seattle band Fleet Foxes (Republicans would be proud that NPR took a cut from every Helpless Blues disk ordered from its link).
The No. 3 story was about the “world’s most wicked bugs” (Japan takes first prize with a hornet with a three-inch wingspan) while No. 4 dealt with protecting children from toxic chemicals.
It seems as if NPR listeners are as disinterested with the rest of the world as the rest of America.
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