posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 01:53 PM
We have a terribly media-crazed society. Think of 'the Mojo' of Marvel Comics lore. An entire race built upon galactic TV ratings.
This is partially the result of the myth of edutainment. Television doesn't make a good teacher, it makes a slow learner.
My girlfriend, when she gets off work, parks her butt on the couch and watches History channel or another 'educational' channel. What tends to
unfold is predominantly cinematography with a few facts thrown in. Think about this for a second: she watched a 2-hour special on the killing of
albinos in Africa by bounty hunters hoping to cash in on the illegal sale of limbs to witch doctors.
When I read the program description, I looked it up online and quickly read two articles. I then gave her the synopsis of everything before the first
10 minutes of the show had passed. As I sat on the computer reading about other things (I had moved on) she proceeded to tell me, every 30 minutes or
so..."Oh, oh! Look, this is happening just like you said".
So, to sum it up. I learned more in 5 minutes than she did in 2 hours. Sadly, this is her average rate of daily learning. I can speak no sense to her,
she will never look things up and read about them when they can be slowly spelled out to her on TV...
I had a few long-time friends over for a evening of food, brandy, and cigars. Every one of them had iPhones or smartphones and they all had an opinion
about the Kardashians or Steve-O or some other 'reality' show subject...however, not one of them had read a decent book or interesting article
within the last 5 years. It was a terribly dull time for me, nobody was up to date on current events or even interested in anything other than YouTube
videos or TV. I understand polite company and not wanting to bring up religion or politics--but current events don't require either of those topics
to be delved into to the point of contention.
And think about their children...what will they grow to find important? Human rights? Excessive taxation? Voting fraud?...
Probably not. They will probably be worried about seeing who has a sex tape or will be wondering who was kicked off their favorite reality show.
I think we are lying in the beds we've made, so surveys like these don't surprise me.
[edit on 8/18/10 by Tharsis]