Idiocracy Prophecy

"A word to the wise isn't necessary, it's the stupid ones that need the advice." --Bill Cosby

“Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber. I don’t know that I would’ve said that out loud pre-my announcement that I was going to be leaving." - New York Rep. Gary Ackerman

In the movie Idiocracy, two average people awaken in the future where human society has been dumbed down to the point of being devoid of social responsibility or any hint of intellectual thought. The movie, which is a comedy and really not all that great, does raise some questions. Is it prophetic? Let’s hope not.

Let me start by stating that I do not consider myself of higher intelligence or importance than anyone else, quite the opposite actually. But I can't help but notice that there are many of us who have given up and have no desire whatsoever to improve themselves

Reading or watching the news, I'm often reminded of this silly movie, and i've noticed some striking similarities. Are we moving forward as a society, or regressing rapidly? I would like to believe that people were always doing dumb things only there was no 24 hour news or the internet to cover it.

Reading older books or even watching old movies, it is easy to notice the grammar was much better, the dress was more formal, and the mannerisms more polite. Society has changed, and to a certain extent that's fine. However, we may be getting a little too casual. Today people have no problems with throwing on a dirty tank top and pajama bottoms before heading out into public. An emergency room visit, sure. But buying stamps? Come on...

In the past, were we actually smarter? Did we work harder? I'm not sure, but today, it is far easier to fall into to a less than healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. We communicate by texting or instant message, we don't write in cursive, physical books may soon become a thing of the past, we drive everywhere no matter the distance, and we can't pay attention to anything for longer than a couple of minutes.

A trip to your local Walmart or grocery store is all it takes to face reality. What you find can be deeply disturbing or humorous, depending on your mood. Sure it's easy to laugh at someone wearing and ill fitting highly inappropriate t-shirt, but then you see that these people have little ones, yikes.

Are we actually dumber, or just lazier? Do the majority of us really want to sit on the couch eating hotdogs while watching sports or mindless television? I don't think so. But technology has made everything easier, including gluttony.

For some of us, it seems to be a lost cause. If what people post online is any way to gauge, then God help us all....

A Few Examples:

So what’s the cause of this, television, pop culture, bad parenting, the internet, the public school system, Jerry Springer? There are many opinions out there, take your pick.

Will the abundance of reality tv shows and dumbed down advertisements be our downfall? Is it too late to stop it? There's no way of knowing for sure, but it can be scary to think what lies ahead.

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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

Wait...am I laughing? Oh yeah, that doesnt happen much around here. Thanks.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Pete, I don't think it is your imagination. I taught school for eighteen years and I saw what you are writing about. I don't think people are dumber but I do think they are into instant gratification, and as such don't take the time to write properly, think logically, or take the time to form a rational response to situations. Great stuff here; sorry I didn't think of it first. LOL


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

You're welcome Dr.Mark, thank you!

Take it billybuc, I would love to read a hub on this by you, you bring up some excellent points, I've even noticed that my own attention span isn't what it used to be, I'm so used to everything all at once! Thanks for reading.


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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I would venture to say it is because of the public school system and the parents. If the school doesn't make the students work hard, and the kids have no accountability to the parents for their education, motivation may slip through the cracks. If kids are smoking dope and drinking and partying all the time, their motivation falls further into the cracks.


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Bethaleg 4 years ago from Minnesota

I was laughing as I read your hub but also sobered by the fact that I believe you are on to something. What HAS happened to our society? I am not even 30 yet and have seen vast changes from when I was a kid to now.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

The dumbing down of America is one of those political ploys that people say isn't real. Really now, what do you think about that? I know that they talk about our children having so much more to learn but I don't believe that a poetry seminar, headlined by our musicians is quite what I want my children learning in school. I was quite disappointed when I found out that we weren't going to be reading Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Poe.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

I agree with the parenting part, if they don't care why should the kids?

I'm 36 and I've seen it too Bethaleg!

As you should be Becky!

Thanks for reading and commenting guys!


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A K Turner 4 years ago from West Yorkshire

reposted to my wall, good job!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks AK, I appreciate it!


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HaleyMCruz 4 years ago from California

You know I've been thinking this stuff all the time...like how we are slowly regressing as humanity or quickly declining in culture (did that make sense? I don't want to become one of these people in your examples so now I'm a little concerned!) I loved this hub and the things it brings to everyone's attention. Voted Up ;)


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Makes perfect sense to me, although sometimes I'm not sure it is slow enough! Thanks Haley!


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Well, I'd say a good measure of Hubbers are doing a fine job of trying to tip the balance the other way. I, for one, am also trying to ensure that my children buck the trend you feel is happening in this hub.


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Weestro. You have a point and it is scary. This has happened in the UK too and for a long time. Many years ago I was a catering supervisor in a university and occasionally we had kids doing work experience with us for a few weeks at a time, almost without exception these kids showed no aptitude at all for anything and couldn´t even hold a conversation, nor did they seem the slightest bit interested in actually learning anything or doing any work and had zero ambition or so it seemed. Looking at the huge amount of teenage pregnancies in the States and the UK it seems to me that the only thing these kids want to do is make Baby´s and claim benefits. There has to be plenty of bright and ambitious kids out there with their heads screwed on the right way, but what chance do they have when their peers won´t allow them to shine and they feel pressured to fit in with today´s norm ?


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

I will try too Phil, as I said, I don't believe we are dumber, I just think it's easier to be lazy (myself included). Thanks for reading!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Well said, bac2basics, hopefully we can change the tide, but it won't be easy! Thanks for stopping by!

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