Madison wrote:knapplc wrote:You really need to dust up on your social history. There simply isn't evidence to support these kinds of conclusions, especially American society. Levels of education/literacy are far higher today than they were in the first half of the last century, and America is one of the most literate, educated societies the world has ever seen.
My grandmother dropped out of school in the 4th grade to work on the family farm. I don't disagree when you speak of education/literacy levels.
I'm talking common sense dumb when I speak of education. Doesn't really matter to me if someone can read, recite, and understand Shakespeare if they are too stupid to realize that sticking a fork in a lightsocket is a bad idea.
Kids have been sticking forks in lightsockets (or any other act that competely ignores common sense) since you were a kid, and your parents were kids, and so on and so forth. It's not that more kids are doing it now, or that what they're doing is even more irrational -- what they're doing now is simply more congruent with today in general, and now they webcam it and broadcast it to the world, when previously they'd tape it with a handheld video camera and show it to whoever could make it to someone's house to see it on TV, and before that it would be in front of as many people who could gather to see them do it and then whoever believed them when it spread via word of mouth, etc.
If I can somehow work more of this research into my Graduate Research Papers in the Spring I definitely will. Because this interested me back when I did it as an Undergrad, and I'm still interested in it. However, I'm doing so much damn research as is, I can't justify doing more that isn't mandated from me.