Friday, November 29, 2013

Indoctrinated Is Not A Synonym For Stupid

 Comedians regularly do street-side interviews of "average" Americans designed to get laughs at the expense of those interviewed, who are presumed to be witless fools.   But the information asked for, "What is the 'sequester'? and, "Can you name the president of various countries?" is generally of a trivial nature, and to call people "ignorant" for not knowing the "right" answer is grossly unfair. Granted, general information about history/society/politics/geography, you name it, is abysmally low in the U.S. and around the world. But that has a lot more to do with the effectiveness of propaganda than it does individual deficiencies in pursuing knowledge. Look at the media bombardment the U.S.public faces on a 24-7 basis. It's designed to destroy people's mental capacities so they will be mindless consumers. Trillions of dollars a year are allocated to that (i.e. marketing and public relations). So comedians who go out in the street looking to show how "dumb" the common people are, are simply cooperating with the elites who run the country in casting blame where it doesn't belong.  There's nothing funny about that.

1 comment:

Martin said...

Thank you for a fresh perspective. I think we've all seen the clips of Americans unable to name a country in Asia and the like. What happens when they encounter someone whose general knowledge is good? Edit it out?

I see now that such widespread ignorance is a consequence of the campaign to convert citizens into unthinking consumers.