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Matter of Opinion

Folks, we’re dumber than ever

(Movie poster for 2006 movie Idiocracy in which the world 500 years from now is so dumb...well, it's too complicated to explain it here. Just rent it, dudes.)

Loved Susan Jacoby's column today on why we're getting so dumb in this country. If you read it all, then you will be informed enough to answer whether you believe Jacoby's argument is:
1) True
2) False


I cannot prove that reading for hours in a treehouse (which is what I was doing when I was 13) creates more informed citizens than hammering away at a Microsoft Xbox or obsessing about Facebook profiles. But the inability to concentrate for long periods of time — as distinct from brief reading hits for information on the Web — seems to me intimately related to the inability of the public to remember even recent news events.

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