Recently a well known twenty-five year old cricket star who played for Australia died in a freak cricketing accident. The press - indeed the whole country - has been making a big deal of it for over a week. Yet when a respected and internationally known eye-surgeon, who had restored sight to thousands died a few years back, his death got a couple of minutes publicity both when he died and at his funeral.
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Excellent points, especially about anti-intellectualism. I don't know if it's due to the internet, but it seems to me that anti-intellectualism is increasingly commonplace. It's a serious concern in a democracy as it affects education and politics.
Amen to your and KU37's comments. It's not only in America & Australia; it's happening in Britain too and I would guess in many other parts of the world. Big mistake because we're going to lose our creative and intellectual capacities.
I would put down anti-intellectualism in both the USA and Australia as a continuing off-shoot of so-called 'reality' television. Documentaries are being replaced too often by pretend documentaries that are just lame 'reality' junk.