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

I Learned It By Watching You!

I did a post similar to this 11 years ago, but the video quality wasn’t that great and some of the links were dead so I’ve decided to repost it.

Do you remember this commercial? Of course you do:

The kid’s name is Reid Maclean. This is what he went on to do:

He also does covers, like this one by Richard Shindell:

Those songs are from over a decade ago so I don’t think that music is his full-time job (he also started this company), but you should buy a copy of Bright Fading Star. It’s really a terrific album.

The Case of the Stumped Stars

One of the good things about ending Professor Barnhardt’s Journal – if there is anything good about it – is that I can now bring over here the types of posts and features I used to do over there.

Like this one. I got caught in one of those YouTube rabbit holes where one video leads to another and then another and then another and I found this. It’s the cast of Perry Mason on an early 60’s game show called Stump the Stars.