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Is America an Idiocracy?

E1776 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 1:11 PM
You have described U.S. society today so accurately. People have per-conceived ideas, like "I am a liberal" with no philosophy or reasoning behind the thought. And they don't want to discuss any issues. I see it all the time at gatherings and parties, even with my girlfriend, who I'm sure is a liberal from Long Island but doesn't watch any news and knows nothing of the current U.S. fiscal situation. These people just know what they "feel".

In 1951, Ray Bradbury published Fahrenheit 451, a futuristic novel in which books are burned, and the citizenry occupies itself by watching hours of TV on wall-to-wall sets. Contrary to popular belief, Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 wasn’t about censorship or McCarthyism. It was about how TV undermines interest in reading and learning.

In 2006, Mike Judge released the film Idiocracy, in which the main character, Joe Bauers, undergoes a suspended-animation experiment and wakes up in the year 2505. He’s unable to communicate, because “the English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valley girl, inner-city slang and various grunts.” The...