Matt Yglesias passes on something he heard on the Bill O’Reilly radio program whilst taking a cab:

“all the sex on TV and in the movies” that was the cause of human sexuality

Interesting. I had never thought of that before but, now that I think of it, the population of the US has nearly doubled since the advent of television half a century ago.

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  1. John Lemon says:

    Yes, but the RATE of population growth has been slowing, particularly in the most developed countries — the ones with Intenet penetration (no pun or double entendre intended). Methinks that the Internet is not good for sex.

  2. John Lemon says:

    Could it be that blogging is having an adverse effect on procreation? Andrew Sullivan doesn’t seem to have any kids. 😉

  3. Paul says:

    Knowing Yglessias’ track record, I’d say his recollection of O’Reilly’s remarks should be taken with a box of salt. (Or 2)

    If he were more reliable I’d be more impressed.

  4. djspicerack says:

    but think about it this way – perhaps since the 80’s, there has been so *little* good programming on television, that Americans have nothing better to do than tune out and procreate…