What we are experiencing right now is nothing less than total cultural, intellectual, and economic stagnation. In a world where human beings have been rendered down to undifferentiated corporate robots and where mass consumption is the overriding preoccupation, there are no resources available for anything else...There is nothing I can say about cultural stagnation, that the TV listings don't say for themselves. There are 127 pages of reality show listings which equates to hundreds if not thousands of "reality" shows i.e. everyone with a video camera, including:
Keeping Up With The Kardashians - not so real people being fabulous
These ones are on The Learning Channel (Queue Armageddon):
Breaking Amish - exploiting confused Amish kids who are now excommunicated from their families
What Not To Wear - A handycam in any ladies dressing room
Extreme Cougar Wives - old ugly women with typical young men who will fuck anything
Say Yes to the Dress - A handycam in any ladies dressing room
Long Island Medium - A lady with a thick NY accent talking to dead people
Cake Boss - Baking big cakes
19 Kids and Counting - Two people who should be sterilized
My Teen Is Pregnant & So Am I - The Sarah Palin Story
Hoarding: Buried Alive - A typical suburban home (like mine)
Strange Sex - Any married couple after 20 years
Extreme Couponing - The jackass always in front of me at the grocery store
Sister Wives - A man who married four sisters and hasn't hung himself yet
(you can probably tell I made up a few of the descriptions. The weirdest ones I didn't make up though - like talking to dead people...)
Most ironically all of these so-called "reality shows" are totally devoid of reality, since the Idiocracy avoids reality like the plague.
What is Your Amateur Porn Telling Employers About You?
The Infotainment News Media is Just Another Reality TV Show
The infotainment networks (CNN, Faux News etc...), know that they have to compete with Honey Boo Boo, so they've re-styled their own programming to be just a slicker version of Cake Wars. Meanwhile, apparently the kids who won the popularity contest at High School didn't pass Go on their way straight to the TV studio, because I have never seen so many vacuous bobble heads in my entire life. Suffice to say, they have all been practising the art of ignoring reality their entire lives. It takes no effort on their part.
Today's "Best and Brightest" are Neither - They Are Overpaid Rent Seekers
Financial engineering of course is merely another form of rent seeking. Inventing new High Frequency Trading algorithms to front-run trades in secondary markets adds zero value to the economy. It shifts wealth from one entity to another. Creating all new financial derivatives to repackage risk to be distributed across multiple financial entities, merely shifts risk to the overall financial system and away from the individual banks originating the securities. Again, no value is created. Worse yet, of course, is the illusion that is given of reduced risk, hence leading to more risk taking and more systemic risk. The Idiocracy learned nothing from 2008.
The fact that the Idiocracy at large, in government, and in media are oblivious to this overwhelming stagnation is the greatest concern of all. This society has access to orders of magnitude more information than any society in the history of the planet, yet it suffers the critical inability to face reality in all forms. It's a soft, comfort-seeking population under constant attack from their own knife and fork. Meanwhile the always talking jackasses of today - in media and politics - are like highly polished apples, they look great on the outside but are void of all substance and quality on the inside. Only the inevitable reset will wipe away the above excesses and decadence and destroy the globalized ponzi model once and for all. Hopefully to be replaced by something better.
As I've said before, anyone who is optimistic at this juncture is eight-balling Prozac.