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Old 11-10-2008   #1
 
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America the Illiterate

Good read.

America the Illiterate | CommonDreams.org

"Pretty soon all that will be required to get into college will be a fucking pencil." - George Carlin

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Good... and depressing... link. From the article:

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In short, today’s political rhetoric is designed to be comprehensible to a 10-year-old child or an adult with a sixth-grade reading level. It is fitted to this level of comprehension because most Americans speak, think and are entertained at this level. This is why serious film and theater and other serious artistic expression, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins of American society. Voltaire was the most famous man of the 18th century. Today the most famous “person” is Mickey Mouse.
The "dumbing down" of America is frighteningly widespread. We've become a nation of passive consumers of images on the tube or the internets (apparently a "series of tubes" if we are to believe Alaska's Uncle Ted). Reading is passé it seems.
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depressing as hell, but unfortunately not new:

Amazon.com: The Closing of the American Mind: Allan Bloom: Books

written back in '87. a subject which I was passionate about even back in the day...of course it has gotten worse in the intervening 20+ years
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depressing as hell, but unfortunately not new:

Amazon.com: The Closing of the American Mind: Allan Bloom: Books

written back in '87. a subject which I was passionate about even back in the day...of course it has gotten worse in the intervening 20+ years
I read that book in a philosophy class when I was in college. It's been a while, so maybe my recollection is poor, but I didn't think it was so much about dumbing-down of American education as about the methods and material that was being taught in the education system. I thought he'd felt that we lost our way in terms of our moral and general philosophical examinations of life (largely consequences of relativism) and were too driven by certain cultural pursuits like business, technologies and entertainment and such, with a lack of self awareness for what motivates how we shape our lives.

I guess this response is a bit off topic, but I recall finding the ideas in this book really interesting, and wonder if my recollection is totally off. Maybe I need to reread it... pretty sure it's collecting dust my bookshelf somewhere.
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Ya, I know... I have a problem with posting depressing articles... sorry.
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Oh, wait... here is some good news...

IT'S SNOWING in THE MTNS! possible 3 to 8" tonight.
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Yup, that IS good news. 5" of CEMENT on the ground when we left our little mtn home outside a Dgo this morning. Expect to have to fire up the snowblower when I get home tonight. Nice.
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Me dont read much, me like visual stipulation

Tell me you guys have seen idiocracy...



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If you'll just go to the College Footbal thread you will realize this article is BS...look how literate everyone is on the subject.
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curious how many have a TV that is connected to cable? we get cable in the fall to watch college football, but cable is usually disconnected mid-january. strangely i find that my reading picks up substantially when cable is dropped.....
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