What does it say about our nation's cultural depth when http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/obamas-in-reality-stars-out-in-desirable-neighbors-poll--886" [Broken]the two most desired neighbors are the President and a talk show host? Are we Americans really that shallow, that we know of no more interesting or desirable neighbors than a man and his family who would be gone nearly all the time, or if he is in town, wouldn't be taking casual knocks on the door? A talk show host wouldn't be much more available. Has TV simply become our social reality? Are most of us socialized primarily by the media, these days, rather than though interactions with others? I can think of ten people who I know personally and interact with regularly (several times a year to several time a month) with whom I'd much rather be neighbors than President Obama or Ellen Degeneres. I certainly wouldn't shun a meeting with either, and would find it quite interesting. But I'd rather have neighbors whom I find interesting on a day to day basis, with whom I could and would interact regularly. Perhaps if the poll were simply a write-in poll... Even then, most people might be selecting their friends and family, but only those widely known by many would rise to the top. Thus, I think this poll is greatly flawed, as are many (most?) polls done by the media, and misleading. I think this would be a better poll: Who would you most like to see as your next door neighbor (pick only one): 1. A friend, good friend, or best friend. 2. A total stranger. 3. An actor or actress. 4. A talk-show host. 5. A writer or author. 6. A director. 7. A race-car driver. 8. An member of our federal government. Would you rather this person be famous or not famous? 1. Famous 2. Not famous. If this poll would have been given in place of the one used in the report, I strongly suspect neither option 4 nor option 8 would appear in the top 5, much less the top 1 and 2 spots.