Thursday, August 30, 2007

Where in the World is Miss Teen South Carolina

By now, most readers have seen Miss Teen South Carolina bungling a question about geographical literacy, which has brought her far more fame than the actual winner of the beauty contest and has topped web statistic sites like Technorati for the past week.

As someone who studies rhetoric for a living, I'm sympathetic to those who misspeak on stage, and -- as both a blond woman and a feminist who doesn't believe in speaking ill of a sister -- I'm not going to be joining in the ridicule currently widespread in the blogosphere.

Besides, I like the fact that her gaffe generated this kind of interesting info-graphic and an online video geography quiz from People magazine in which I got a pretty good score.

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