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I watch trends in the major media to see pretty much all there is to see about the United States. We are truly an Idiocracy, and even if there were genuine solutions to the problems at hand, our citizenry and leadership are nowhere even close to being capable of handling it.

How else can one explain the fact that Oscar Pistorius has led all the headlines for the past week? Here's an example, but there are countless others:

The article itself is worthless - it's a jumble of mixed messages and sound bites from Boehner. Look at the 'Most Popular' section on the right column. Today's number one story is 'PS4 gets skewered in animated parody'. Number two is Pistorius, number three is 'Laura Bush asks to be removed from pro-gay marriage ad', and number four is 'Monster goldfish found in Lake Tahoe'.

The conspiracist in me wants to think the media is intentionally distracting from the real problems we face. But I think it's mostly a matter of the capitalist system at work (but I don't give the media a pass, Chomsky is best on why) - the media is providing Americans the product they want. The vast majority prefer BS over substance, and a great example was your comparing the views on a Bieber video to the Extinction video yesterday.

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