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I'm wondering, just mainly after reading the thread "Arnies Speech". I was about to post this:

"It's not just America that isn't cultured, the whole world is going that way. People are getting dumber, well not all people. But those easily swayed by popular culture. (ie. Someone who would watch Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio. But not read or go to see the play, because they don't like Shakespheare."
The example I used here is true and I find it slightly funny. Someone would watch a film with the same dialogue and plot but some differences. But not want to bother with the original.
Alot of people seem just to be rather stupid when it comes to, well alot of things. Now, maybe the people I'm thinking of will mature with age. God I hope so, or else the world is doomed.
Come to think of it, if you've ever watched Judge Judy(my Dad loves that program). You see just how stupid some people are, such as a women who's car was scratched by a child. After she had blanked the child when he asked her if she was going to move her car. Her reason "I don't play with little kids". Ohh that makes soo much sense.
Televison shows, at least on the channel's I can get (don't have satelite TV, so I can't get the channels I like to watch when I'm in my sisters house. Mainly The Biography channel.) The BBC used to have Horizion which was really good at times for interesting programs but thats gone.
There's more and more reality TV shows and I think V Graham Norton show's just how stupid and easily entertained people are. Probably more things I could cover but at the moment I can't think of anything.
 
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I know exactly what you mean. A lot of people are easily entertained and that is by these "reality" shows. What the hell is that? Also, these MTV shows. I mean, what kinda show is Tom Green. That show was pathetic. Road Rules and other crap is pathetic too. Who actually sits and enjoys crap like that. People also went to see Romeo & Juliet was just the same as the Shakespeare written one, but since Leonardo DiCaprio was in it, teenages had to go see it. The world(as you can see, I didn't name any particular country) needs to straighten up because our intelligence is what could end up as the end of us. These stupid show could make lazy people and lazy people don't make good leaders. "Everyone is a follower until they learn to be a leader" is what I was taught. Well, with the way everything is going with the world, everyone will be a follower, and eventually, there will be no leaders, so what happens after that?
 

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In addition to people becoming dumber, and particularly with your examples, Hobo, is that nobody cares to do anything original. I watch TV, it's all reality shows and police invertigative shows. I look at video games, and a large portion of them are war/espianoge(sp?) games. I listen to the radio, and on the "hits" station in this town, 90 percent of the music they play is mindless, same-as-the-rest, techno crap. Granted not all staions by a longshot are like this, but this is the "hits" station. When I think of hits, I think of whatever is on the Top 40. Still on the music topic, because it is the one that I am most educated on, you look at the "Hot 100" Chart at billboard.com, and eight or nine of the Top 10 will be rap songs. Not even thoughtful rap, because some of it has good lyrics therefore making is moderatly exceptable. It's about magic sticks, Benzes, Kry-stal or however you spell it. Although this may sound retarded(NITEMARE SUP?), perhaps it could be because people are focusing on technology and not enough on common sense. Perhaps it's because being smart is considered "uncool" and "geeky" at times, and it just becomes a habit. Perhaps Barney and Big Bird have failed the new generation.
 
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I personally think people shouldn't think that smart is uncool because being smart will get you somewhere in life, and being cool, well, won't.
 

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^Being cool got me a blowjob so i disagree.

Anyway, i don't think the world is getting any dumber. The world is getting lazier but that's due to technology. The way people are entertained doesn't really indicate whether you're intelligent or just a waste of perfectly good sperm. I mean, an intelligent person could watch something like Jackass and find it funny as hell but that doesn't mean they're lacking brain cells. It's just culture.

As for there being a growing ammount of idiots, maybe so but i don't think there's any signs of a decrease in the ammount of people with intelligence.
 

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The world is definitely getting dumber. When was the last time you saw a film as clever as something like The Usual Suspects? I'll tell you, it was The Usual Suspects.

All the media is being dumbed down to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It doesn't help that Murdoch owns such a massive amount of print and broadcast media (NewsCorp, News International, NewsGroup, as some examples) and can effectively control what we see, hear and read in relation to major stories.

Big Brother is a major player, and I'm not talking about the reality show. Incidentally, when did you ever meet people like they have on there in everyday life? You don't. Because they're freaks.
 

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I had something to say but I forgot what it was....damn internet is dumbening me. Wait a second, dumbening isn't even a word. BLIMEY!!!! (Yea, that's a semi-Simpsons rip...shoot me!)

Anyway, it's appearantly clear how I feel about the entertainment industry in this common age. If you've ventured into the Music section of the site, you can tell I'm anti-fad. And in this, the present, everything is based upon trends and fads. It is how the majority survives. By buying into the in-things they feel accepted. It's like an addition to their senses and feelings of security. When all it really turns them into is cows in a slaughter house, one by one walking to their consumer "deaths".

Now I agree, some fads are worthy of catching on. But when your whole life is based upon them, (From what you wear, to what you eat. From what you watch, to what how you speak) you lose any sense of purpose. So when you mention how everyone soon enough will turn into followers and no one will lead...this is why. Because if you can't break away from the norm, you can't lead...and not enough people in this day and age want to challenge their complacent standings.

That's why there's a lacking of originality. Why add more energy if you know you can get by with the same meaningless shit? That's why "Reality" (if you can call them that with a straight face) shows make up the majority of your new Prime Time expierience...because no one wants to go out and expierience reality for themselves when they can just watch other people do it! And finaly, that is why it seems like everything's repeating it's self...because it is!

If it ain't a remake, a ripoff, or a continuance to what came before it....it just isn't.
 

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It's called evolution. The situation is way too complex to blame the world's culture decline on reality television shows and it seems most that have replied to Hobo's thread don't really know what they're talking about since they're simply copying his thoughts.

The dumb/different people of the world have always existed it's just the majority of the population don't realise it until they watch a reality tv program such as Big Brother.

And Babyboy, who said you can't be smart and "cool" at the same time. You don't really have any idea what you're talking about do you? It's a pretty stupid generalisation.

Anyway my point is that there are way too many factors in the evolution and development of humans to blame it on mediums such as television and the internet. If anything they simply speed up the process.
 

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Bofpak said in post #8 :
It's called evolution. The situation is way too complex to blame the world's culture decline on reality television shows and it seems most that have replied to Hobo's thread don't really know what they're talking about since they're simply copying his thoughts.

The dumb/different people of the world have always existed it's just the majority of the population don't realise it until they watch a reality tv program such as Big Brother.

And Babyboy, who said you can't be smart and "cool" at the same time. You don't really have any idea what you're talking about do you? It's a pretty stupid generalisation.

Anyway my point is that there are way too many factors in the evolution and development of humans to blame it on mediums such as television and the internet. If anything they simply speed up the process.
Seems to be more of a devolution to me Boffa!
I suppose reality shows are showcasing and attracting the lazier aspect of society. Those who wish to become famous via doing nothing. Which relates in a way to SMFR7's point on the music industry.
I think maybe a relaxing in society has lead to a sort of mental relaxation in some people, or just total laziness. Now, I admittedly I'm not a very active person. But on the other hand in a recent fitness test I was amousgst the top 10 or so of my class(most of these people would be athletically inclinded. Whereas I am not)
I think to be honest, that some people are just lazy minded and probably slighty naive. Examplying laziness in a place such as WE. "wud be poeple who tak liek dis, yo" (ie. the guy who was advertising some backyard wreslting thing). Most of these people probably use AIM, or MSN alot or text messaging. Because for some reason spelling badly has become very wide spread. I've gotten into the habit of checking everything I type for atleast good spelling.
Blame the media, blame technology. Blame whatever you want. Personally I think it's just the way people are exposed to the world from the word go(which does have an effect on you in the long run). We just seem to see more stupidity and less intellegence in popular media.
 

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The world sure is getting dumber as we go along. Most people can't even back themselves up in a conversation/argument anymore. One guy who I was talking to could only reply to an argument with one statment...

"British suck"

That was it. The fact that he was talking about the country and he said British not Britain. The other thing was he had no reasons backing it up. I asked him to explain and all I can say is I have yet to see his reply...
 

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I know exactly what i'm talking about.

Cody is gay, Alexxx is a whore, Lee has one testicle and Rajah's on Viagra.

Truth I tell you. :agree:
 
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