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(CNN)   CNN publishes editorial saying Americans are too dumb. Let's focus on the important parts of that. CNN. Thinks Americans. Are dumb. Yes, that CNN   ( divider line
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6331 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Oct 2013 at 11:38 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-14 10:31:17 AM  
7 votes:
Instead of stating that Americans are dumb, they should simply recognize that fact and try to capitalize on know, like Fox News.
2013-10-14 12:15:55 PM  
6 votes:
FTA: "Literacy study: 1 in 7 U.S. are unable to read this story."

Damn, that's like 50%
2013-10-14 01:28:44 PM  
3 votes:
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2013-10-14 11:41:06 AM  
3 votes:
Both sides are dumb, so vote Camacho.
2013-10-14 01:59:17 PM  
2 votes:

Trance354: I'm in college for advanced science degrees.  Still taking "filler" courses because 1.) I like the english comp courses. And 2.) I am actually a closet fiction writer.  This leads to my point: while I am in my advanced science courses, I am surrounded by very intelligent people, most of whom are very left-leaning.  They have a good grasp of the language, and can convey their thought for projects rather well.  My english courses are populated by persons who shouldn't have gotten out of english 101, and while they can read Byron, they are mispronouncing most of the words.  The professor and I take turns correcting the students.  This culminated the other day with a student stumbling over a two-letter word.  Frightening would be the word I'd use, but most of the students couldn't spell it without their spell-checker.
   The lack of literacy in an English class is stunning, and this is a higher level of learning.  What does this say about the level of comprehension of the masses when the population seeking out a higher degree lacks such basic fundamentals?  200 words or less

lovecloset fiction.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a classic.
2013-10-14 12:46:10 PM  
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2013-10-14 12:42:02 PM  
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2013-10-14 11:51:40 AM  
2 votes:

dletter: FlashHarry: he's right.

Agreed.... when Jimmy Kimmel is going on the streets and "tricking" people into picking which between "Obamacare" and "The Affordable Care Act", it isn't something to just "laugh" at, as this article also states ( -2 0131008,0,6137479.story ).... "Mr. Kimmel's stunt illustrates a problem at the core of the argument over health care and most other contentious issues in this country: Huge numbers of voters are simply ignorant. "

I think the fact that Jimmy Kimmel has a television show, which presumably someone is watching, is more than ample proof that Americans are ignorant.
2013-10-14 11:46:20 AM  
2 votes:
article to many words
2013-10-14 11:46:14 AM  
2 votes:
I am so glad the Department of Education and Teachers Unions remain. Clearly, they are doing a great job.
2013-10-14 01:34:17 PM  
1 vote:

coxdebate: The problem isn't that too many Americans are dumb.  The real problem is that the Dumb Americans don't believe that they're really dumb.

Hey! We do too know we're dumb!
2013-10-14 01:02:46 PM  
1 vote:

Pinner: About 75% of a population is the personality type that needs to be told what to do. They need an order, structure, need to know what their place is, and who is in charge.
They are not the free thinkers, the idea people. They are followers.
It's a contant battle to control this segment of society through media. They are easy to manipulate.
Wave a happy meal with a shiny toy and a catchy tune and they all turn and come running. Prop up a pretty kid, teach it to sing while modeling new clothes and everyone pulls out their wallet to buy the package.
They all do this without realizing the big picture. Fabricated reality of how great everything is

People for the most part are not dumb, per se, they are just part of the herd.

I wouldn't say that. The biggest problem is apathy. People just don't care. I mean, really care. It's easy to watch a news channel and swear at the TV, maybe biatch and moan to friends and family. Hell, the more industrious might take their grievances to web forums and post snarky pictures on Facebook but that is not really caring. A significant portion of the population don't even want to do their civic duty and vote and even if they do it is probably only every four years to vote for President.

It isn't that people are stupid or just want to be told what to do out of some innate craving for domination, they just don't care. Most people want to live their lives and pursue their hobbies and interests. The politicians know this, the corporations know this, and the media knows this and they all love it. Hell, they encourage it. It's easy to do whatever you want when nobody is paying attention.

It also doesn't help when the United States is bigger Europe. Most of our states are bigger than most of the countries in Europe. It is much easier to become engaged in National politics when you have a country that is the size of Oregon, Montana, or Virginia. In my experience there just seems to some psychological factor that the smaller the government entity is the less of a "You can't fight city hall" mentality exists. Try to affect change in the federal government, don't bother; state government there's a chance; town government, worth a try; school district, go egg the Superintendent's house.
2013-10-14 12:31:18 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-10-14 12:25:49 PM  
1 vote:
To fix this problem, we might have to do something, or wait for distraction, which ever makes you happy...
2013-10-14 12:19:12 PM  
1 vote:
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Isn't this just a tad hypocritical? First they tell us to shut our brains off when we go to the movies. Then they chastise us for not using our brains.
2013-10-14 12:04:44 PM  
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2013-10-14 12:04:42 PM  
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Deedeemarz: Americans are ignorant, not dumb, IMHO. Dumb implies that one is not capable of learning much. Ignorance, OTOH, is a voluntary state. All the tools and all the information are available to any American who wants it. Easily accessible and readily available. But we are too lazy to take advantage of that. We are too busy watching Honey Boo-Boo to be bothered with all that complicated book learning....makes me more ashamed every day of my countrymen. I see it every day in the healthcare industry: people who are so ignorant, despite being at least semi-literate, that they are unable to care for themselves! Not just in health matters; it shows in every part of their lives that they just don't make an effort to learn how to do something--anything; they drift along through life letting things happen because it is too much work to bother to change it.

Ignorant and intellectually lazy.

Back in the day, we called that barefoot and pregnant.
Did not know it was the base of political parties.
2013-10-14 11:57:49 AM  
1 vote:

SwiftFox: All true Amuricans know their intelligence is above average.

Only in Lake Wobegon.
2013-10-14 11:55:37 AM  
1 vote:
I've been in a position to help release several major products in a nationwide release. I've been told bluntly, by top marketing professionals who have a financial interest in knowing their audience acutely, that the American populace is among the least sophisticated, least intelligent of the major industrial nations.

Advertising campaigns that work effectively internationally must be dumbed down for America, because when tested, Americans are just too thick-skulled to understand them.

It's sad and depressing, but not all that surprising. There are large swaths of America filled with folks who, quite plainly, just aren't all that bright. Does anyone really expect them to be well informed on the intricacies of legislative procedure and policy?
2013-10-14 11:55:27 AM  
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2013-10-14 11:54:23 AM  
1 vote:
No wai! America iz teh smart!

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2013-10-14 11:52:36 AM  
1 vote:

Katolu: Cletus C.: Both sides are dumb, so vote Camacho.

He died in 2012...RIP

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2013-10-14 11:52:23 AM  
1 vote:
All true Amuricans know their intelligence is above average.
2013-10-14 11:51:22 AM  
1 vote:

Let's focus on the important parts of that. CNN. Thinks Americans. Are dumb. Yes, that CNN

Could be worse: it could have been USA Today.
2013-10-14 11:47:51 AM  
1 vote:
Well.... They're not NOT right.

Something something broken clock something something.
2013-10-14 11:47:05 AM  
1 vote:
I only have one question:

Is Anna Nicole Smith still dead, Wolf?
2013-10-14 11:45:50 AM  
1 vote:

b2theory: People in general are pretty ignorant. It amazes me that society is as cohesive as it is.

Then again, I have stopped trying to correct people or challenge their worldviews. I have decided that being right (generally in the area of scientifically knowable things) is not as important as having friends.

I've always preferred being right to being liked, which explains my low friend count. But damn if being right all the time isn't the most awesome thing ever.
2013-10-14 11:42:15 AM  
1 vote:
2013-10-14 10:52:33 AM  
1 vote:
he's right.
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