For a quick introduction to stupidization, listen to this interview on KPFT – Spare Change with Larry Winters (July 24, 2010). If nothing else, it’s a celebration of a perpetual potty mouth getting through a live radio interview about a favorite topic without saying an FCC-banned word. If you’d like a sticker, go here.
What does “fight stupidization” mean?
Remember when you were introduced to 1984 in high school (the George Orwell novel, not the Van Halen album), and you thought the concept of Newspeak was something that could exist only in a story? It seems Orwell was peering into our dim future and seeing a time when being well-read would be a liability, something that only effete elitists do while drinking coffee made from beans that were pooped out by a weasel onto the Sunday edition of the New York Times. When the pursuit of knowledge would be seen as something negative that real, honest-to-goodness Americans don’t have time to do, what with hunting terrorists, watching My Pregnant Teen Hoarder and wearing flag lapel pins made in China. When everyone is expected to make snap judgments about any situation, no matter how complex or limited the information might be, rather than taking their time to craft a reasoned response based on fact and not emotion.
People are wearing their stupidity like a badge of honor. And it keeps growing, like some horrible rolling snowball of idiocy that’s plowing down everything in its path. That’s why it’s time to fight stupidization.