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Is America an Idiocracy?

IvanKaramazov Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:50 PM
The funniest and most telling scene in "Idiocracy" was the one where the guy was feeding money into a slot machine and directly above it was a sign "Win Free Health Care". Mike Judge was ahead of his time.

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...