WASHINGTON, D.C. (The News Desk) — Providing valuable new insights into the intersection of complex economic and cultural power dynamics, a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center revealed that the richest one per cent hold 90 per cent of the world’s remote controls.
“What we found was that the wealthiest individuals on the planet are most likely to enter dens or family rooms and loudly declare, ‘I get the remote,’ and simply snatch it, or sigh repeatedly until the person in possession of the channel-changing device rolls his or her eyes and throws it at them in frustration,” said lead researcher Carol Navarro, adding that this tendency holds true regardless of whether there is anything good on.
“The wealthiest individuals continue to consolidate their dominance over entertainment systems by innovative means, including attaching two remotes back-to-back with elastics and putting the devices in their pockets when they go to the kitchen to get pretzels during commercial breaks,” Navarro said.
Navarro noted that the unequal distribution of audiovisual influence does not extend to newer car stereo systems due to a low correlation between wealth and the ability to work Bluetooth. ♦
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