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Is America an Idiocracy?

R.3 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 10:55 AM
Welcome to the New Dark Ages......self-inflicted. Throw in a little Roman Empire hedonism and decadence and you have what we now call American pop culture. Add leaders with the mindset of P.T. Barnum and you have a society waiting to collapse in on itself.
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 11:20 AM
Guess what, the pre-Rennaisance Dark Ages were also self-inflicted. The vicious cycle is humans rarely ever value what they have too much of. Maximum freedom, they pile on more laws than they can possibly comply with. Too much food, they eat junk until they burst. Too much leisure time, they waste every opportunity to improve themselves. Too much sexual freedom, they breed like rabbits and flush the "excess" whenever possible.

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...