Why We Need A Dumbed Down Society

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The late British anchorman, George Orwell Jr, famously opined that ‘Ignorance is strength’. If he were alive today, George would marvel at just how strong modern America has become. Quoting  Psychology Today:

  • A 2008 University of Texas study found that 25 percent of public school biology teachers believe that humans and dinosaurs inhabited the earth simultaneously.[emphasis added]
  • 18% of Americans still believe that the sun revolves around the earth
  • Nearly half of Americans between ages 18 and 24 do not think it necessary to know the location of other countries in which important news is being made. More than a third consider it “not at all important” to know a foreign language

Conservatives and libertarians frequently express horror over the so-called decline in educational standards in recent decades.  They bleat that young Americans no longer have the ‘knowledge and requisite intellectual tools’ to be able to fit into and thrive in the modern world.  As usual, the conservatives have it dead wrong: it is rather they who are ill-equipped for life in Current Year.

However success, culture, education and information may have been defined in the ancient world (I.e. Pre 1990), today progressives are agreed that traditional measures no longer apply. Here are some of the more important changes:

  • The learning of ‘facts’ has been made redundant through online tools such as Wikipedia. If I forget whether the sun orbits the Earth or vice-versa, Wikipedia provides the answer. However, such information is simply irrelevant.
  • News is now presented in bite-sized chunks and corroborated briefly by accredited experts who speak in authoritative tones. Long-winded analysis and consideration of different points of view causes intellectual indigestion.
  • You Tube factoids now prevail over the printed media
  • Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook are now the preferred means of communicating important world developments such as what the Kardashians are up to, what you are eating for breakfast and how blessed you feel because you did X, Y, Z. Oh, and you are deeply spiritual.
  • Emoticons convey the very essence of all your thoughts and feelings better than the written word ever could. Say you are a polytranspecies curious. Being able to type out 🐼🐷🐮🐻🦊🦁🐵🐶🐭🐰🐸🐒🐝 to describe some of the possible identities you might have over the course of the day is far more efficient than huge paragraphs.

More importantly, the so-called ‘dumbing down’ movement has simply opened up society so that everyone can participate as never before. We have done away with intellectual discussion and bold thinking which proved so divisive in the past. Now everyone receives exactly the same news from accredited sources, feels no need to question the narrative and no longer has the capacity or desire to engage in critical thinking. This makes it far easier to bring forth the utopia of global government and central control over all aspects of our lives. For our security, shared prosperity and happiness.

Vladmir Putin
Vladmir Putin

This reminds me of a joke by an ex-colleague. He took over some code from another guy, there was this huge file of C++ code. He couldn’t find even one comment anywhere to explain what the code was doing. But right at the end of the file, there was one single very important comment –

//End of file

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

Commie++

Make my votes count
Make my votes count

Was this code what your comrade was using to hack into our elections???

Additionally as long as the compiler knows what the code says then I would say it was a success. The compiler ignores comments.

MillionDollarBonus

So you admit you’re a Russian hacker!

Black Lives Matter

Someone needs to send this to Robert Mueller NOW!

trav777

You say it as if there is something wrong with it…?

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

I think we’re more than half way there, what with most people voted Hillary including 15 million illegal mexicans and blacks.

#fake-news

MillionDollarBonus

Very good points Pbier. It’s dangerous for people to question things too much. We have experts for a reason – they do all the hard thinking for us so we don’t have to. It’s our job as mere laymen to act and believe as we are told. I listen to music that is played to me on mainstream radio, and I like TV shows and comedy shows that are currently trending, like breaking-bad (I really identify with the pathetic science teacher, as do many others who like that series). I also have all the political views that I’m told to have, and change them when I’m told to change them. For example, under Bush, I strongly supported the war in Iraq, but today I’m against Islamophobia, and believe Bush was Islamophobic and racist. The only consistent thing about my beliefs is that they are all accredited at the time I believe them, and promoted heavily by the news and entertainment media and education system.

Black Lives Matter

Agreed. 2 + 2 is whatever the experts want it to be. These are just symbols. Experts can redefine symbols, just like they redefined the term “progressive” to mean socialist.

MillionDollarBonus

We progressives are very good at redefining even the most basic terms in order to never ever lose an argument or apologize. Apologizing is for conservatives.

Vladmir Putin
Vladmir Putin

Very intelligent answers about the disadvantages of hedgerow removal.

You know what “science” would say –
1. hedgerows occupy space, reduce land available for cultivation
2. they shade out plants, or suck nutrition and reduce yield
3. they harbor pests

It is from this “science” cesspools that people like Al Gore breed, and then end up creating award-winning powerpoints, further promoting “science”.

trav777

We need an anti-science flag

trav777

Harrison Bergeron FTW

intersectionalityisforeveryone
intersectionalityisforeveryone

I live about an hour’s drive from Goulburn in Australia, and at about the same altitude. So glad to hear I’m so close to climate change accreditation fact tampering

intersectionalityisforeveryone
intersectionalityisforeveryone

And I suppose you think Iberia in Spain and Hibernia in Scotland are etymologically related?

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