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Is America an Idiocracy?

John148 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 7:21 AM
I'm not sure what Townhall.com thinks of its readership when it posts a picture of Snooki with the article to draw attention to it.
Alex_P Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 1:40 PM
It was Snooki? I wouldn't know...
John148 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 8:45 AM
I had to look at the caption to be sure. I don't watch "contrived reality" shows.

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...