"Dumber than Dirt" discusses America's looming trend towards the profoundly dumb. The group shall comment on the various factors shaping the minds and perspectives of the idiotic population. It is a sociological and philosophical discussion that is timely to contemporary American society, as much as it is an established dialog that is found in the ancient works of Plato’s Republic.
"Dumber than Dirt" discusses America's looming trend towards the profoundly dumb. The group shall comment on the various factors shaping the minds and perspectives of the idiotic population. This exploration goes beyond an idiotic fixation with junk food, television and cell phones. It discusses a predisposition towards slacking, wussiness, passive-aggressive behavior, xenophobia, isolation, doomed conformity (lemming), dogmatism, lower expectations, illiteracy, de-skilling, dispassion, etc. It looks at the implications and trends unto the "dumbing down" of society as it is seen within education, politics and the work place. It is a sociological and philosophical discussion that is timely to contemporary American society, as much as it is an established dialog that is found in the ancient works of Plato's Republic.
Popular topics being followed/ suggested for discussion:
The state of education and schools in the United States
Jingoism; extreme patriotism, esp. in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy.
Bristol-Palin/Levi-Johnston and the Palin family affairs
Scapegoating: the unemployed, the poor, immigrant workers, racial/ethnic minorities, women, gay/lesbians/bisexuals
The MTV television series "Jersey Shore" and its cast members
Inane "personality" celebrities that seek fame for fame's sake, whereas they seem to have no other skill or contribution to society
Celebrity Worship Syndrome (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrity_Worship_Syndrome)
The sick world of celebrity gossip, the gossip columnist, tabloids, paparazzi and celebrity blogging as a narcissistic "way of life" and addiction.
Junk food news (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junk_food_news)
Social/political myths, lies, fabrications and their idiotic/naive followers
The culture of addiction: pot-heads, alcoholics, chain-smokers, drug users, sex addicts, obesity, fitness-freaks, shop-aholics, etc. and the industry, media and social groups that keep people fixed-in and addicted.
Sports/Athletic frauds: rigged games, drug/doping culture; culture of weight loss, bodybuilding and nutritional supplements; hormones; excessive athletic gear and equipment; concessions junk and the hawking of sports paraphernalia; poor sportsmanship, gross trading scams; extreme fanaticism and mobs; sponsored/capitalized stadiums, teams and leagues, as well as the corruption therein.
The food industry: Celebrity chefs and the agenda to fetishize food, endorse and brand kitchen wares, cookbooks and television shows. Junk food companies and the epidemic of obesity, diabetes, allergies, food intolerance, etc. Junk food amongst youth in schools, as well as their poor nutrition and lack of good performance. The promotion of processed foods by big agri-business conglomerates and their lobbies.
The perpetuation of the "McJob,"aka contingent work, permatemp,