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Is America an Idiocracy?

Luckydog1 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:01 PM
I watch sports events and that's it now. The shows seem to reflect how immature many adults are looked at in this countrye. Even some of the commercials try to make convincing arguments as if they were directed at 10 year olds. And the California second hand smoke spots? Showing smoke creeping up the street for 100s of feet like a slithery monster and into a baby's room? Insulting.

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...