Carl Sagan said

I have a foreboding of America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all of the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.

– Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, 1995

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  1. All true, every last word of it, and getting more so every day. He mentions the lowest common denominator and the celebration of ignorance. America has this ever-increasing fetish with “college” and “education”, but in reality only celebrates the ghettoization of the country. It’s this weird, bi-polar contradiction that’s not healthy.

    A large part of the education “joke” is that it’s not about education at all. It’s about fear of “not getting a good job” if you don’t go, or get a degree. The ante keeps getting upped all the time because the colleges are paying companies big bucks to “require it” even though they didn’t used to, and wouldn’t need to now, either. YouTube is full of videos of college grads looking for work and/or lucky to have minimum wage jobs with untold thousands to pay back in student loans. The colleges made their money off of them, and THAT’s who it’s for and all about. Then there’s always the pressure to keep the debt going with more and still more degrees.

    Sadly and ironically, colleges are the hotbed breeding grounds of so many problems and ignorance Sagan is describing. Hopefully someday, enough people will come out of their coma of brainwashing on this, and this country will come to its senses. I wouldn’t count on it though.

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