I wonder how a culture gets to a point where information and those who possess it are feared and vilified, while it seems like those who are blissfully unaware and/or don’t care are socially rewarded.
It’s as if the curve-setters and the ones who take the time to learn a thing or two are seen as snobbish intellectuals who look down on everyone else and have to constantly apologize for pursuing an enriched life through education.
Opinions are easy. Opinions raises furor and rally the crowds…but opinions aren’t gospel, yet the uninformed seem to take opinions as facts.
Cheap, low-brow humor is easy. While Deadspin’s recent focus on dick jokes might be an appeal to the masses, it’s almost insulting to assume that the material needs to be dumbed-down for the audience.
I’ve dated girls who’ve said they’ve needed to dumb themselves down for social advancement…it’s conflicting, because I typically lose respect for people who dumb themselves down, but on the other-hand, it really leads back to this question of why people feel threatened by information and those who work to attain it.