On Idiocracy: The Dumbing Down of Our World

Oldest Son rented the movie “Idiocracy” a few nights ago and insisted we watch it with him.  He had seen it while deployed.  It must have reminded him of being home in the good old USA.

The movie explores a hypothetical future in which the human population has de-evolved into a world of Jerry Springer-like subjects due in part to some of the very reasons I wrote about way back in March in this post.

It wasn’t a great movie, but it had its moments.  What struck me was how entirely plausible the whole thing seemed.  Have you ever watched Jay Leno’s Jaywalking?  Can people who have graduated high school really be that clueless?  And why, when they interview ANYBODY on the news, do they sound so hopelessly stooopid?  Is it just a coincidence that the only people they ever talk to always “seen” what happened?  Like, “him and me was walkin’ down the street and seen it.”  The very same news stations frequently have spelling errors on the video portions of their broadcasts.  Being that these people should be professional journalists with college degrees, I find this ridiculous — even if they are just typos.  They should at least know how to proofread.  It makes Pittsburghers look and sound really stupid.

Then you take a walk through Lowes and see all the signs in English AND Spanish.  Excuse me, but the official language of the United States is supposed to be English.  Learn the language like my grandparents did when they got off the boat from Italy.  It will be good exercise for the brain.  And then, when we ALL know the English language really well, maybe at that point we can go on to learn Spanish, French, or Esperanto.

5 Responses to “On Idiocracy: The Dumbing Down of Our World”

  1. 1 Sheribear9202 December 12, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I can see what you mean by the movie. Granted, I was snoring through half of it..(sorry!) but even though the quality of the movie wasn’t the greatest, it’s sobering to think that there is the POSSIBILITY of our world becoming as ridiculous and ignorant as the movie someday. Hopefully as a future educator, I can help change that.

  2. 2 Lynnard December 13, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Definately NOT an oscar winner… OR could it be?? Because seriously, not only is it possible… but it’s happening. I think of this movie maybe monthly and say to myself, “Uh-huh… idiocracy at its finest.”

  3. 3 mamaneeds2rant December 13, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Yep, Lynnard. I believe that’s going to be my new catchphrase also.

  4. 4 John and Perla January 2, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Officially, there is no official language for the US. Couldn’t believe that one.

    Did you hear about the lady that misunderstood the directions given to her by the ticket agent? Instead of laying her baggage on the conveyor belt, she laid herself there! TRUE STORY.

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