Suppose a study is conducted that measures the amount of airtime allotted to imported television programming in the d...

whlocke on August 13, 2019


Just trying to understand this one. Thanks!

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shunhe on January 4, 2020

Hi @whlocke,

Thanks for the question. We're faced with a study measuring the amount of airtime allotted to imported TV programming in several developing nations. What can this study tell us? One thing it can tell us for sure is how much access the nations in the study have to imported cultural productions based on the amount of airtime or maybe the kinds of programming that are getting airtime. This is what (A) tells us.

(B) is wrong because the study only tells us about how much airtime is allotted, not about the individual viewing habits of citizens. The two may be in some way related, but we can't answer (B) with just this study.

(C) is wrong because just knowing how much airtime imported TV programming gets wouldn't tell us how influential the domestic TV industries in the nations are overall.

(D) is wrong because we only know the amount of airtime allotted, and not how big the audiences are.

(E) is wrong because (notice there's a trend here) just knowing the amount of airtime allotted wouldn't help us pick the best model for describing a relationship between imported cultural influences and domestic culture (which would include other cultural influences, for example). Hope this helps!