View Full Version : Decline of the American Brain
11-12-2004, 09:33 PM
I am depressed more each year by the devolution of American intelligence.
There is a huge connection between a short attention span and a decline in plain old thinking. This is not a diss of people with ADHD; I'm more concerned with people who can't be bothered to take the time to process input and arrive at a conclusion. Many of the intermediate steps have disappeared from people's thought process, so that certain words and images produce a knee-jerk reaction. The consequences of this are catastrophic: the re-election of Bush, a rise in jingoism and creationism and even bad grammar.
A hundred factors are meshing synergetically to speed up the devolution process in America. To either blame or argue the validity of any one factor misses the point: how they spell disaster in the aggregate.
TIME. As a result of relentless consumer culture, people in America work too hard and too long even if they don't need to in order to survive; the complaint "Who has time for that?" these days now applies to reasoned thought. People buy what they're told because, frankly, it's easier than having to think about stuff. The number of times I've heard people answer a question about their opinion with a short, verbatim comment I just saw on the news is frightening.
Furthermore, the viewpoints of smart people take a while to articulate, whereas sound bites are short and easy. People too lazy to listen to or read a thoughtful position on something wind up hearing only from shallow idiots. Witness the number of people who won't read this post because it's too long. Witness the number of people who couldn't be bothered with the context of a John Kerry remark that was aggressively misrepresented and derided by Rove and his henchmen.
MEDIA. Again the consumer culture pervades: almost everything out there in the media is an advertisement for something, even if the product is not always clear: a politician, a country (America), an ideological stance. Constant bombardment with prefabricated thoughts and phrases makes thinking less necessary.
LAWYERS. This is one of the most ominous attitude shifters this country has ever seen, and I think it is slept on. The culture of legal liability here has created a couple of monsters. The first is a feeling of entitlement: misfortune has befallen me, therefore somebody owes me money. Who shall I sue? This attitude is dangerous enough to rational thought by itself, though its children are more dangerous. It's the attitude that nobody has to look out for themselves, that anyone with assets (and therefore potential liability) must look out for them, or get sued. With nannies all around, who needs to think before they act?
The next legal monster is the one created as a backlash to the danger of being sued: deniability. Because of the tort atmosphere, companies and institutions and many individuals have taken steps to protect themselves from being sued. The most telling example is right in the name: Anycorp LLC. LLC stands for Limited Liability Company (or corporation). There it is: We Are Difficult To Sue is PART OF THE NAME OF THE COMPANY. Note how many companies you see these days that have the LLC attached to their name; they are saying up front that They're Not Responsible for injuries that have not even happened to you yet.
The wall of deniability has blended with a particularly vile form of lying called Public Relations. All language used by any corporation or government or other potentially liable party is deliberately bland, vague, and misleading, and more recently couched in terms that leave the exact opposite impression of what is being conveyed. (For a blow-by-blow, example-filled book on this topic alone, read a book called Toxic Sludge Is Good For You, I forget the authors.)
I don't know whether it's because people are being lied to so masterfully, or just so often, but a huge percentage of people seem to have been numbed over, unable to think their way past this sleaziness.
Another monster child of the litigation atmosphere is a plain old reduction in freedom - not strictly related to the decline in intelligence, but part of the backdrop. As a kid I wandered places unhindered; in recent years, just walking in those same places today (by train tracks, highway offramps, private property that never had a "guarded" atmosphere because it was understood that everybody cut through there) quickly attracts cops, security guards, etc. who, on the surface, appear to be concerned about my safety more than I am, but whose line of bullshit can't conceal the truth, that they were hired by the property owner to eject stupid or litigious trespassers. Stupid people who believe the world is looking out for them keep hurting themselves, suing, and making governments (especially with regard to driving laws) and property owners more hostile to everybody; because of other people's low intelligence, I routinely get hamstrung by new regulations and rules designed to protect Darwin Award candidates from winning.
TV GENERATION. Today's kids are fucked, simply because of how things are presented on television: jump cuts. The number of jump cuts (instant changes of camera angle/subject) per minute has risen drastically in the last twenty years, to what is currently an obscene level. Kids as young as 2 who are exposed to several hours of television a day are having troubles with brain development, because they are getting hardwired to anticipate a hundred scenery changes per minute. This lays the groundwork for ADD and related disorders. For more on this subject, read books by Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters.
Of course, kids could watch less television, but who's watching them? Not those parents who are too busy working overtime so they can buy more stuff (or because the rent is too high).
We can look forward to a very disturbing next couple of generations of ADD-riddled, Ritalin-jumpy, intellectually challenged Americans.
EDUCATION. Since Bush won't fund all those children left behind, the lower quality of education in this country jells with the TV/Media problems I just documented to decrease overall intelligence. Many of the signs crop up in declining language proficiency; for more on this, read an essay by George Orwell entitled Politics and the English Language, which also makes some of my other points. Mixed metaphors, ignorant mistaking of one word for another (vicious "cycle" was originally "vicious circle"; people recently mistook "niggardly" for "nigger", etc.), inability to understand that "it's" is a contraction of "it is" rather than a possessive form are all at epidemic proportions.
I have a lot more factors to document, but I have to go. Who the hell has time?
11-12-2004, 09:59 PM
I agree man, it's crazy how the world (because almost everyone now-a-days is Americanized, what happens to the US happens to alot of us) has seem to have lost interest in actually learning thse days. Nobody cares about history anymore, they watch Jerry Springer or Dismissed instead of learning why the world is the way taht it is.
I remember when the US had just invaded Iraq my sister (she was like 16 or 15 at the time) asked us on a car trip "who is Saddam Hussien"
everyone in the car (me, my cousin and my parents) stared at her, mouthes agape.
"Well I know that the US is looking for him but like what is he?
Most people on my hall in college dont know who Kim Jong Il is. KIM JONG IL! possibly the most brutal and dangerous dictator of the world, one of the biggest threats to world peace, and people here dont know who he is! And the sad part is taht after I showed them how shocked I was, some of them where like "Well he's korean, he doesn't concern Americans".
I also hate how people work now-a-days. If I have a project due for a class, I will not lose sleep over it, If I do it halfway and I'm tired, I'll go to sleep and do waht I can when I wake up. It sickens me how people now, instead of sleep when they're tired, drink RED BULL and stay up and do it! This cant possibly be healthy (plus I think Red Bull taste like piss) and I bet that in 15 years they're going to find out Red Bull gives you cancer (imagine the commercials then).
I fear for the world.
on a lighter note, I think this is one of the coolest thread titles I've read.
11-12-2004, 10:17 PM
Cracked, you hit the nail on the head. Thanks for dropping some names too, I've been needing a good read for a while now.
As a musician, something I've been noticing the past couple years is that a lot of people don't seem to understand the value or don't have the attention span for live music, to see it made in person, to watch a group of musicians creating something and moving and interacting, and how important it is to have that, and to think about what it takes to make good music, and how it can serve to bring people together and tell a story...no wonder so many schools are dumping music programs.
Ugh, and just listening to the radio and hearing Bush drives me insane. How the hell is it that so many people believe the shit he says without thinking twice?
11-12-2004, 10:27 PM
i wish i had something worthwhile to add... you're right on the money. although i can't say i feel as passionately about most of the topics you've covered, they all bother me to a certain degree. unfortunately, there's not much you can do... you either put up with it, or go crazy stressing out over it. nothing you, or anyone else could do would ever change the sue-happy trend becoming more and more popular, or change the way the media portrays things. it's definitely a sad and unfortunate fact that American society is headed in the direction it is, and sometimes i wish i could just be ignorant, blind and blissful like the majority of this country, but i can't. who knows, maybe i'll end up moving to Europe if it gets bad enough here... i do have citizenship in Finland, but that's not really something i would want to do.
i enjoy being smarter than most of the people i interact with on a daily basis.
and what really boils my blood is people who say "supposebly".....
11-12-2004, 10:43 PM
...if you haven't already, you should read marshal mcluen (sp?)...he wrote a lot about how television was going to completely change the way people process information...he did most of his writing in the fifties, before television even became really big...also the new rage in philosophy is linguistics (...well it might not be that new...it's been the rage since the seventies...but it takes a long time for philosophy to change...), the basic idea being that our thoughts are driven mostly by our language (...if there isn't a word for it you can't think it)...i can't think of any one off my head to specifically recomend, but there is lots of very interesting stuff out there...
11-12-2004, 10:52 PM
Originally posted by porque@Nov 12 2004, 05:43 PM
(...if there isn't a word for it you can't think it)...i can't think of any one off my head to specifically recomend...
maybe thats because a word for it doesn't exist.....!
im not witty
11-12-2004, 11:29 PM
kalle lasn = nuff respect.
im not witty
11-12-2004, 11:30 PM
i guess this isnt an appropiate thread to mispell words. so sue me.
thank you thank you, ill be here all week.
11-13-2004, 12:00 AM
Great read, Cracked Ass.
Happily, I had enough attention span to finish it in one sitting even though the doc diagnosed me with borderline ADD at a young age...
11-13-2004, 01:03 AM
droppin' jingoism like its hot suckas!!
i think cell phones should be blamed for something too.
11-13-2004, 01:19 AM
Originally posted by porque@Nov 12 2004, 05:43 PM
...if you haven't already, you should read marshal mcluen (sp?)
It's Marshall McLuhan.
And yes that was a good rant. That was a very good description of some of the problems afflicting us. Sadly the question remains, how do we fix all of this. (however "they" would not even allow such altruism or even admit anything is wrong. "Love it or leave it, they would say." Extreme positions. It is hard not to be pushed away. But back to the matter at hand.)
So, what can we do? Personally I think first and foremost we need to take Bush down. We could try to count the votes again, while they pussyfoot around us.... hopefully this works out. We probably couldn't get him impeached, because republicans control the house. I think there needs to be more legal action. Bush is not immune to felony charges. And there is good and plenty evidence out there. Get a good time of lawyers out there, lots of public support, a strong and infallible case, and nail the bastard to the wall and immortalize his misdeeds forever in the book of justice. That would be undeniable, and so dramatic, I really think it would force alot of people to reevaluate things. Then we should attack the fucking media too for not being accountable for whatever they say. (Go Olberman) Serious though this evil empire needs to be struck down before they solidify their power even further. This is a regime marching straight towards fascism.
All else fails I've been studying media piracy on the side.
In the words of an old friend, as the culmination of a long, poetic diatribe, "TELEVISION ZOMBIES, AND CAFFIENE ZOMBIES, CHOOSE YOUR DEATH!"
11-13-2004, 06:20 PM
btw, that book 'toxic sludge is good for you' was written
by john stauber and sheldon rampton, who happen to have
a few other great books out there that i would recommend.
and kalle lasn's book was good too.
11-13-2004, 06:41 PM
Wow, crackedass, nicely put together. Thanks for making me angry.
On topic - I read recently in Leonard Koppet's "The Thinking Fan's Guide to Baseball" (possibly the first real analytical book on baseball) that it is generally accepted that outfielders' skills have detiorated simply for the lack of concentration. An outfielder needs to have the most protracted concentration out of everyone on the field, but because of 'society', one will rarely see a great outfielder in the likes of the old days.
that's my 2 cents.
11-13-2004, 06:50 PM
the heroes,good guys,right religion,right race= BABYLON
11-15-2004, 08:01 PM
I'm a nihilist at heart, so the pragmatic question "what can we do about it" gets a cynical shrug from me. I don't think "we" can do anything; it's like fighting the tide. I try to run my life by anticipating the imminent effects of mass stupidity upon it, and heading off those effects in whatever way I can, which is usually not much. I try to surround myself with thoughtful, smart people, but the best we can do is commiserate. Intellectuals are among the first people to get the guillotine when the mobs finally hit the street. I still might write a book though, if only to get one more rational voice out there for the smartest of the next generation to heed.
11-15-2004, 08:05 PM
I could see my self enjoying your book...
11-16-2004, 12:23 AM
I JUST DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ THAT Nah, but forreals, I read the first few paragraphs, very true.
11-16-2004, 05:55 PM
culture jam is the name of the kalle lasn book he's talking about, it is pretty ill.
11-17-2004, 03:40 AM
Cracked Ass....you hit some extremely important issues that so many others ignore. Unfortunately too many people in America don't think this way. I am in love with your mind.....and I would most def read your book!
11-20-2004, 03:26 PM
Man nice thesis... but im too sore to read the rest. yesterday i worked out my back to failure
11-20-2004, 07:03 PM
how bout this is a diss to people with adhd, that is the most cracked ass disease, isnt real, jsut an excuse to give addrerall and shit to kids, ",my kid isnt doing well in school
THATS BECAUSE HE ISNT ON RITALIN SR!
fuck that shit
11-20-2004, 07:26 PM
Yeah write a book man. Most definately. There are those amongst us who would appreciate it. Including myself. Not just posterity.
Let's hope things change.
11-22-2004, 08:44 AM
I cannot say that I disagree with your observations, Mr. Cracked, but I get the feeling that I'm looking at the same landscape through the other end of the telescope.
The demonization of the opposition is not solely a Republican trait. I think it depends upon whose ox is being Gored.
I agree that people seem to be subject to a process of "dumbing down," but I am not entirely sure of the reasons or the methods. Television is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful engines of influence over opinion and cultural perception. The same is true of popular music and popular culture. While the influence of these elements seems superficially to be short lived, I find them to be very effective in the long term, and pernicious.
We are both the beneficiaries and the victims of modern society. The very things that have liberated us are also being used to degrade us, and our own desire for gratification alters our environment, making gratification more difficult to achieve, and ratchets up our expectations. Young people today are so inundated with stimulating images, messages and requests that they drop the less demanding aspects of daily life. Soon, it becomes impossible to realize what has been lost. Education becomes onerous, despite the fact that it is a hundred times less demanding and much more geared to entertainment rather than pedagogy.
Maturity suffers. Adolescence now extends into the late twenties or even to the early thirties. "Entitlement" is ingrained to such an extent as to be part and parcel of our culture. Personal achievement, and the reward that one obtains from it, has become the perview of the wealthy few. Self esteem, character, even body image have become seriously erroded by exposure to modern culture.
Fifty years ago, every community had young men and women that everyone considered attractive and successful. Today, the standard for personal attractiveness is being set on a global scale. Young women are not only comparing themselves to the other girls they know, they are comparing themselves to GLOBALLY MARKETED IMAGES OF ATTRACTIVENESS. Who can compete with Miss April? Young men once considered to be healthy and masculine are now competing with male models in bodybuilding magazines. We are destroying ourselves with this sort of cultural illness.
When one can get 300 channels of cable or satellite TV, why bother to read? Why bother to learn a musical instrument? Why bother to create art?
I talk to adolescents every day who have absolutely no realistic goals. You cannot imagine the number of kids I talk to who imagine that they are going to play for the NBA one day, or who actually believe they will win the Lotto. I talk to many kids who seem to think that unless you are rich, powerful and living the life of a pasha, you are a failure and a loser. It's as though regular life, having a family, education and a career have absolutely no value unless it leads to a Lexus, a luxury home and courtside seats at their local NBA franchise.
And, many of the kids I talk to have no respect for law, no regard for any sort of convention, and a very alienated viewpoint. We are living in a spiritual desert. Love, loyalty, faithfulness, integrity--all apparently worthless. "The Virtues" are no longer virtuous, apparently. It's all kind of sad. They don't even realize they have lost anything valuable. They just know that they are bored and depressed.
11-22-2004, 06:27 PM
^ how you can you realize you've "lost something valuable" when you never had it to begin with? its part of the conditioning system.
11-22-2004, 09:21 PM
I totally agree with kabar.
We don't have democracy anymore. We have capitalism.
11-22-2004, 11:37 PM
Kabar added a couple of things I wanted in there. I'm not sure where we disagree. Again, I'm not emphasizing any one point, just seeing each one as part of a broader and ugly tapestry.
TALKING POINTS. The lawyer problems I alluded to earlier have blended with public relations-style lying to create a new ugliness that crops up primarily when individuals attempt to interact with institutions, but also one-on-one and in other forms of communication.
Basically, lying has become more blatant and deliberate. Whether it's Clinton parsing the definition of the word "is", a corporation denying responsibility for some evil act, the FDA spokesbitch dodging the coziness of her relationship with drug companies, or my telephone company explaining away bogus charges on my phone bill, lying has changed into something more professional...and something more anticipated. Lying is not new; it's just that Americans (the awake ones) have come to expect being lied to, and in a certain style. The alarming part is how it has numbed people's former reaction: usually, you were angry if someone lied to you, especially if it caused you harm or cost you money. You would boycott a corrupt business, and so would everyone else, until they went bankrupt. Scandals used to cost people their jobs, or companies to lose business. That doesn't happen anymore; the public has become either stupid or irrelevant. (The people you see losing jobs or businesses today did not have the proper connections to save themselves, or were attacked by other powerful interests, not the public perception of scandal, except possibly in the most egregious cases like Enron.) For example, State Farm insurance paid out a record $400,000,000 in fines after being convicted of defrauding their customers in a scheme with auto body shops to use cheapo replacement parts. This was in 2000, and it made the national news. Nobody cared (except me, I refuse to do business with them). State Farm stopped advertising for a few months, then picked up the PR blitz the following year. They seem to be thriving as a company, despite being convicted of ripping off a substantial percentage of their policyholders. I think they sponsored the Olympics this year. Like a good burglar, State Farm is there.
That's one that made the news. Most of these cases don't make the news: they get settled out of court for big money. The companies demand one thing from the people they settle with: signing a non-disclosure agreement, which legally binds the injured party from publicizing the case. Litigants sign these things to get to the fat check on the other side. A high-minded person would say "Fuck you, I'm telling the world what you did", but it will cost them a lot of money. And it seems telling the world doesn't have the same effect it used to. Nobody cares. Are they too busy, or too stupid, or so cynical that it doesn't register anymore?
Maybe they're scared. Individuals can't retaliate against corporations, except in those rare successful lawsuits that they can't disclose. If you try direct tactics, you're in for some of the most unbelievable jail sentences ever handed down. A guy from the Earth Liberation Front got 22 YEARS in jail for lighting 3 SUVs on fire in a dealer's lot.
11-23-2004, 12:25 AM
Hmmm... good points.
I think that is a major problem with the justice system is that it's so damn costly to do anything about all these problems. Court itself is a major deterrant for better or worse. It seems natural that the judicial powers would be usurped by special interests seeing as how the average person has little power to do anything about it.
11-24-2004, 09:11 PM
with much wisdom comes sorrow,
i for a long time thought that they(every one you would consider not awake) just did not see, or understand now i think it has be come choice they choose to be in the dark, it is easier than contemplating what is going on in your enviorment, or taking time for introspection why focus on my self when i can point out other peoples evil, and i honestly think thats whats wrong with the world. Fuck if we spent have the time becomeing insightful and philosphocal on are errors we would all be better humans. But are lust for one another and attention has drivein us to a world full of egomanics who feel we no whats right for another and all.
we can decide on some standereds of ethics, but there will always be one or the majority asking why is that ethical for me.
take are lives in are own hands aside from nation,religon and do what is right cause in one sense or another it is written on all are hearts.
11-25-2004, 01:12 PM
Originally posted by onesecondple@Nov 20 2004, 07:03 PM
how bout this is a diss to people with adhd, that is the most cracked ass disease, isnt real, jsut an excuse to give addrerall and shit to kids, ",my kid isnt doing well in school
THATS BECAUSE HE ISNT ON RITALIN SR!
fuck that shit
It sounds like this is your opinion, based on extremely subjective experiences, and backed by nothing except strong emotions (as opposed to research). No sir, I don't like it.
11-29-2004, 05:23 PM
"I try to run my life by anticipating the imminent effects of mass stupidity upon it, and heading off those effects in whatever way I can, which is usually not much."
i'll be honest, i've pretty much stopped giving a shit. change is only worth persuing if you value the things that it may negatively effect. i value little more than laughter, and once you stop caring about anything, everything becomes pretty fucking funny.
oh, i also value victorias secret models, slurpees and the bands ISIS and Pelican.
11-29-2004, 07:05 PM
Brilliant thread and very well said.
I've been noticing for a while that the world is dwindling down to soundbites. The most obvious and accessable example being that the 2+ hour epic film is damn-near extinct. 2001 has become Jason X. Apocolypse Now is In The Army Now. And since all of this is relative...
Where are all the geniuses? What happened to the De Cartes' of the world? Why don't we acknowledge those who do exist? Have we (they) systematically prevented great thinkers from occuring/developing? Are the brilliant ones so brilliant they've gone into hiding? Are we slowly being forced to forget there was a day and age when intelligence and ideas were acknowledged and were something worth striving for? Hawking is slightly known but even the reasons for that are arguable (see: America's fascination with a brainiac strapped to a wheelchair talking trough a Speak'N'Spell).
None of this is limited soley to geniuses... moreso it applies to those who've had the attention span and devotion to sit down and create something truely praise-worthy. Where's the Jimi Hendrixes? The Bruce Lees? The Einsteins? The Stanley Kubricks? What happened to exceptional people? Today people don't get Lenny Bruce or George Carlin... they get Jim Brewer or Dave Chapelle. It's like 'hey, fuck socially relevant commentary.. Dave, are you black!? Jim, do you smoke pot?!'....
I wish I had a better way to tie all of this together and and make a valid point, sadly reading and then cohesively responding to this thread are two entirely seperate tasks... I'll come back in here after I get some rest.
Hopefully I didn't sound like too big of a scatterbrained idiot..
11-29-2004, 07:32 PM
i agree with everything except chepelle. i think dude is doing some of the most on point socially conscious stuff out there. granted, alot of people miss it, but between him and david cross, comedians are still holding it down.
i think one problem with the production of 'geniuses' is that things have evolved so far and so quickly, that we're now seeing a decade woth of progress in a year, which makes giant leaps seem far less noticable. also, people like einstein have become socially irrelivent, because there are no longer 'scientists' working for the greater good, there are 'scientists' working for companies making products, so any great 'idea' they come up with comes to us in a package, not as a theory or idea. on top of that, the giant 'breakthroughs' that we've experienced in our lifetimes (cloning for example) are so controversial, that the media will never give them the press they deserve. they'll sensationalize it until it becomes almost abstract, and is thus easily forgotten.
out society is now entirely consumer based. everything is, like stated, a product, be it information, news, education, food, shelter, etc... everything is a necessary-luxury, nothing is simply a necessity. you can no longer buy something that just 'works well', it has to have a catch or a gimmic and be updated yearly. if something is not a viable product, it's a liability and it's done away with.
i think thats ultimately what it comes down to. our society no longer values anything that does not have a monetary value placed upon it. music is not 'good' unless it sells, and music that sells, 9 times otu of 10, is not 'good'.
cut your losses man. write graffiti, eat hot pretzels and sleep with models. nothing matters.
11-29-2004, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by 26SidedCube@Nov 29 2004, 03:05 PM
Where's the Jimi Hendrixes?
people dont like the guitar anymore, Its boring for them, they can't understand it or something. They want guitars for background stuff, but no solos or anything like that.
People now want lyrics (simple ones), and simple beats and simple music.
What I find disgusting too is (most) rap now, so little effort goes into the mixing now.
it's a damn shame.
11-30-2004, 02:53 AM
off the subject, but you can't compare jimi hendrix to anyone today for the simple fact that history/time/nostalgia made him great. during hendrix's time, there were many people who hated him. perhaps our children in ther future will revere someone you or I can't stand today as a genius. so give up the analysis of who is great, it will always be subject to history's perception.
oh, and einstien definitely was great, but relativity was the first revolution in scientific thought since Sir Isaac Newton, who passed away over 200 years before Einstien. So don't be expecting any new paradigm shift in scientific thinking to occur anytime soon.
11-30-2004, 03:30 AM
"life is lubricated by lies".
11-30-2004, 03:49 PM
Seeking is on point with the market forces affecting intelligence levels. The establishment doesn't want everyone thinking, exploring, creating... this could shake up industries and possibly put the big guys out of business. They would rather have you as an obedient consumer. Like a moth to light. Television zombies.
This is also why alternative energies are considered fringe science here in the US.
11-30-2004, 05:49 PM
hendrix was also at the forefront of a social revolution that extended into every facet of american life.
he was also on an assload of drugs, and not to take anything away from him, but take away the drugs, and i'll bet my ass that his signifigance shrinks 10fold.
allllllso, while it hasn't really hit america, the techno/house scene (which started in detroit and chicago respectively) has completely changed (and unified) the world in a way that no other music ever has. we don't get a sense of it here, because our attention spans are too short, but in europe people pack into stadiums 50,000 deep to hear a single guy play records for 8 hours. amidst all that, there may be a 'genius' or two hanging out.
12-01-2004, 06:48 PM
this thread should be deleted because of severe thought crime occuring. immediately destroy and send to school for mandatory curriculum programming education.
12-01-2004, 09:01 PM
i think at this point most people need to be spoon fed what to think..or they're programmed to think certian ways about certain things...
everyone's caught up with their daily life and struggles to really care about what's going on globally...or even locally...who's got time to think when you're stressing out about your credit card bills, and what celebrity is dating who...in a sense...media overload...people have so much more information to process these days so nothing really gets the required attention it deserves anymore...
shit...you look at the 2000 presidential election...if some shit like that went down in 1968...there would be massive protests all over the country...there were hardly any in 2000..people would just be like "damn..that's fucked up..but what can i do about it"...
as far as music and popular culture goes...it's been on a steady decline since the 80's...i don't think it's a mistake that hip hop breeds ignorance these days...back in the early 90's groups like public enemy and bdp had a socially concious and politically charged message..and were exposing people to that system of thought...now it seems like only the ignorant shit gets major label support...just look at how most kids act these days and you can't deny that it's major influence is the hip hop image and message that they're ingesting...i know people didn't act this rediculous or pride themselves on being thugged out during the native tongues era of hip hop..heh...
people won't think a song or band is good unless they have a good video to accompany the song...image is more important than substance...no one listens anymore...
12-03-2004, 06:54 PM
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