A Future of Dunces

September 12, 2011

That may be the prevailing theory.

In the 2006 movie "Idiocracy," Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American," is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program that goes awry.

Forgotten, he awakes 500 years later to a world that rewards anti-intellectualism and a human society devoid of social responsibility and notions of justice. 

Instead, it's a society in which crops are watered with a sports drink called Brawndo, there are people with names like Frito and Mountain Dew and the most popular form of entertainment is a reality show, which consists of footage of a man repeatedly getting whacked in the groin.

Actually, reality shows are close to that now.

The word seems to have taken hold.

A recent issue of the Economist has an article about the business-sabotaging effects of the battles in Washington, headlined "American Idiocracy."

A recent blog post on Psychology Today gives further credence to the subject, with the headline "Idiocracy: Can We Reverse It?"

A good question.

J. Peterman