Pop Culture Elects President
I have a few Scott Mutter posters hanging in my house because I’ve always found Scott Mutter’s World interesting and thought provoking. In one of these posters hanging in my home is a picture of a thriving city with a card catalogue room underneath it. The Scott Mutter’s World caption on the poster states:
A culture and what it produces is made possible and is reflective of the knowledge that underlies it.
Think about that for a minute. Now replace the card catalogue with a TV and a computer with YouTube on it, and you now understand why Barack Obama was elected President. We have a culture where we worship Hollywood stars, athletes and rock stars. A society where if Oprah tells you he’s “the one,” then he must be the one. A society where Madonna is worshipped even when she tells Sarah Palin FU. A society where our children are taught that socialism is a positive term and have no idea who Adam Smith is. A society that calls in more votes to pick the winner of American Idol then show up at the polls to elect a president. And you expect this same culture to take a few minutes out of their day to figure out what each Presidential candidate really stands for, what their records reflect, and what their beliefs are on critical issues that will affect our individual lives? Clearly we can’t be bothered. It’s so much easier to let CNN and MSNBC, etal, tell us what we are supposed to think even when it flies in the face of reality. As a result, we get the pop culture hero as our President.
Good luck to all of you who voted for him. I refuse to call him my President. Of course I’ve never been one to buy into pop culture, not when there are so many resources of true information in our society at our disposal.