Reflection of the "dumbing down of American society"

Reflection of the "dumbing down of American society"

Any questions? Self-explanatory and highlights the reason why America has fallen behind our European brethren in science and math...the "dumbing down" of American society as I term it..

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2013 at 12:09pm

TED Talk: Carolyn Porco Flies Us To Saturn

"Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice."

Now, here is a person who inspires me, encourages me to pay attention and to think. Can't find a better way to spend 18 minutes! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2013 at 9:56am

I have no idea who the young woman is, and I see nothing that makes me want to know more. Carl, on the other hand, evokes images and ideas that motivate and inspire me. To be unimpressed by celebrity is not necessarily a judgment call, it is a description of my reaction. A civilization that confuses entertainment for news is highly likely to create a society not worth having. 

Am I judgmental? Absolutely! Am I discerning? Of course! Is that a virtue or a vice? 

Comment by Pat on October 3, 2011 at 7:46am

Nothing personal, Loren, but I had absolutely NO clue who the female was, until you mentioned her name.  And, while I now know her name, I still have no clue as to the significance, other than she's apparently some celebrity wanna be.

I dare say you could have replaced her photo with some NFL, NBA, or MLB persona, and the result would be the same.  In Rome, it was bread and circuses.  In the US, it is football and guacamole, or reality TV and Ben & Jerry's.

Comment by Rob van Senten on October 3, 2011 at 7:07am

I don't like judging people on their (lack of) knowledge in general, so I'm not completely convinced by the "you're what's wrong with the world" remark but I do feel that I can relate somewhat to the frustration that people know so much about contemporary celebrity culture without knowing pretty much anything about our history, science, culture etc. all subjects that I value much higher.

 

Then again, I'm as fashionable as lederhosen so my world is far removed from the world of Snooky, Heidi, Kim and companions.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 3, 2011 at 6:06am

Actually, I BARELY know who Kim Kardashian [sp?] is or what she's done.  Her repeated appearance on the covers of magazines is the ONLY reason I know who she is at all.

I mentioned Carl to a quartet of Jehovah's Witnesses a year and a bit ago when they came to my door, and not one of THEM knew who HE was.

Q.E.D.

Comment by Sassan K. on October 3, 2011 at 5:01am
I don't either. Unfortunately my younger brother does. This trash has infested our society and the minds of our youth and has helped enable and create a nation of illiterates.
Comment by Nerdlass on October 3, 2011 at 4:29am
Ah, that would be why. I don't watch reality tv. Only one I did, off and on back home, was Biggest Loser.
Comment by Sassan K. on October 3, 2011 at 4:20am
Clue: stupid reality television shows
Comment by Nerdlass on October 3, 2011 at 4:07am

I don't know who the second person is, but she bumped her head a bit too much, methinks.

 

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