Friday, July 24, 2009
I'm a big fan of the New York Times. (" I confess, I lust after the Sunday Times," I once whispered to a friend, after spending six dollars on a newspaper. "Yeah, so do I," he said.)

I also like NYTimes.com, and since I get the Washington Post in print, I now usually read the Times on line, and buying it is a pleasure reserved for days when I need a boost, or when the front page is irresistible (as it was today, actually.) Anyway, being a fan of NYTimes.com, I agreed to fill out the Nielsen survey when it popped up on my screen, something I would normally just ignore (which leads me to wonder how helpful surveys like that are, if only loyal readers fill them out).

All was going well -- sections? I read a majority of them. Blogs? I read a lot of them How often? Seven days a week-- until I got to the part where they ask you to fill out things about yourself.


Which of the following best describes the type of business, industry, or profession in which you work?

Click one.


Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations


Architecture/Interior Design



Computer - Hardware/IT

Computer - Software/Programming

Construction/Labor/Trades Industry



Finance/Banking/Investment Services

Food Service/Lodging


Human Resources




Non-Profit (not including Religion)


Raw Materials (Oil, Gas, Mining, Lumber, etc.)

Real Estate Industry



Social Services


Telecommunications Industry





That's right: 30 choices, and I had to choose "Other." Am I "Arts/Entertainment/ Broadcasting/Publishing"? I don't think so, and I'm not "Telecommunications Industry" either. This happens a lot on surveys, but it bothered me because I'm reading the NEW YORK TIMES and there is no place for print journalists. Sigh.

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