George Orwell In Front of Your Nose Many recent statements in the press have declared that it is almost, if not quite, impossible for us to mine as much coal as we need for home and export purposes, because of the impossibility of inducing a sufficient number of miners to remain in the pits. Simultaneously with this — and sometimes in the same column of the same paper — there have been statements that it would be undesirable to make use of Poles or Germans because this might lead to unemployment in the coal industry.
Education[ edit ] In the late 20th century, the proportion of young people attending university in the UK increased sharply, including many who previously would not have been considered to possess the appropriate scholastic aptitude.
Inthe UK Minister for Universities, Margaret Hodgecriticised Mickey Mouse degrees as a negative consequence of universities dumbing down their courses to meet "the needs of the market": Why would radio stations broadcast digital signals, rather than analogue signals?
Why must we develop renewable energy sources? In Dumbing Us Down: The "seven lessons" at the foundation of schooling were never explicitly stated, Gatto writes, but included teaching students that their self-worth depended on outside evaluation; that they were constantly ranked and supervised; and that they had no opportunities for privacy or solitude.
Was it possible, I had been hired, not to enlarge children's power, but to diminish it? That seemed crazy, on the face of it, but slowly, I began to realize that the bells and confinement, the crazy sequences, the age-segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of the national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to prevent children from learning how to think, and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior.
I teach school, and win awards doing it. Media culture and Sensationalism Increased business competition and the introduction of econometric methods changed the business practices of the mass communications media.
The business monopoly practice of media consolidation reduced the breadth and the depth of the journalism practiced and provided for the information of the public. The reduction of operating costs overhead expenses eliminated foreign news bureaus and reporters, in favour of presenting the public relations publications news releases of governments, businesses, and political parties as fact.
Refinements in measurement of approval ratings and audience size increased the incentive for journalists and TV producers to write simplistic material, diminishing the intellectual complexity of the argument presented, usually at the expense of factual accuracy and rationality.
Cultural theorists, such as Richard HoggartRaymond WilliamsNeil PostmanHenry Girouxand Pierre Bourdieuinvoked these effects as evidence that commercial television is an especially pernicious contributor to the dumbing-down of communications.
In France, Michel Houellebecq has written not excluding himself of "the shocking dumbing-down of French culture and intellect as was recently pointed out,  sternly but fairly, by TIME magazine.
Similarly, user operated devices, such as a washing machine or a camera, perform many complex operations. A lot of effort has been put into making these easier to use. Sometimes by use of good ergonomics, known as usability.
And sometimes by removing some of the choices and functionality available. The process of reducing the functionality is often known as dumbing down.
For some users, this removes confusing barriers and gives them confidence to use the software or device. For others, the missing functionality may be frustrating and too restrictive.
Replacing a user operated function with an automatic function that achieves the same result would not be considered dumbing down. However, any loss of flexibility in this automation would be the actual dumbing down. An example of dumbing down in software is where an email application on a smartphone or tablet computer may lack certain functions which are available on a desktop computer, such as the ability to create email folders or email rules.
In popular culture[ edit ] The science fiction film Idiocracy portrays the U. Similar concepts appeared in earlier works, notably the science fiction short story The Marching Moronsby Cyril M. Kornbluth which also features a modern-day protagonist in a future dominated by low-intelligence persons.
Moreover, the novel Brave New Worldby Aldous Huxleydiscussed the ways a utopian society was deliberately dumbed down in order to maintain political stability and social order by eliminating complex concepts unnecessary for society to function e.
More malevolent uses of dumbing down to preserve the social order are also portrayed in The MatrixNineteen Eighty-Four and many dystopian movies.
The social critic Paul Fussell touched on these themes "prole drift" in his non-fiction book Class:Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or common caninariojana.comity may be innate, assumed or reactive – a defence against grief or trauma. Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “People Aren’t Dumb.
The World Is Hard.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.). You wouldn’t think you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions.
Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.).
You wouldn’t think you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. It seems that Congressman Schiff would rather manufacture a cover-up narrative than focus on the stunning information that has already been uncovered.
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