"The fatal assumption was that Americans would choose to think and learn, instead of cherry picking the blogs and TV channels to reinforce their particular branded choice cultural ignorance, consumer, scientific or political, but especially political.
Tom [Jefferson] and Ben [Franklin] could never have guessed we would chase prepackaged spectacle, junk science, and titillating rumor such as death panels, Obama as a socialist Muslim and Biblical proof that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs around Eden. In a nation that equates democracy with everyman's right to an opinion, no matter how ridiculous, this was probably inevitable. " Joe Bageant
"Cultural stupidity might not be so bad, were it not self-reproducing and viral, and prone to place stupid people in charge. All of us have, at some point, looked at a boss and asked ourselves how such a numb-nuts could end up in charge of the joint. " -Joe
it's only funny until you have been to Arab nations and learn our "arabic numerals and their/there Arabic numericals are NOT the same. Theirs make sense only when you lie down and squint because they are sideways horizontal...not vertical and upright....(at least the few I knew) for example their "3" looks like our lower case "m."