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Is America an Idiocracy?

pastordo Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 12:46 PM
After reading this I am very glad my 20 something son has watched exactly 0 of the programs mentioned. Perhaps having home schooled him has turned him into an anachronism, but he is certainly better off for having not consumed these things. He doesn't read as much as I do or did, but he does stay informed and he and I can actually intelligently discuss history, music, politics, religion and current events. Believe me it wasn't because me or his mother were super teachers, and I'm certainly not tooting my horn. But I am tooting the horn towards more home schooling, especially Christian home schooling, as both better and safer than public schooling.

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...