While stupidity sells as Ricky Gervais’ An Idiot Abroad is in it’s third season, and the likes of Ken Ham rebuke Pat Robertson as an enemy within for suggesting science, not the bible, might tell us more about the age of the earth, the stupid will be noticed.
In reality they are not stupid. They are getting attention, operating the publicity machine and cashing in on what people want to watch. From niche to mass market, as long as people want to listen, throw stones, and laugh, the stupid will be everywhere.
Give the people what they want – first law of mass media. With youtube, the Internet, digital TV that can be everything.
The stupid are everywhere tuning in. Up to us not to tune out.
Keynes’ famous mud to the fish quote, defending intelligentsia and criticising communism:
How can I accept the Communist doctrine, which sets up as its bible, above and beyond criticism, an obsolete textbook which I know not only to be scientifically erroneous but without interest or application to the modern world? How can I adopt a creed which, preferring the mud to the fish, exalts the boorish proletariat above the bourgeoisie and the intelligentsia, who with all their faults, are the quality of life and surely carry the seeds of all human achievement? Even if we need a religion, how can we find it in the turbid rubbish of the red bookshop? It is hard for an educated, decent, intelligent son of Western Europe to find his ideals here, unless he has first suffered some strange and horrid process of conversion which has changed all his values.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog