Dumbing down.

December 2021 Forums General discussion Dumbing down.

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  • #214842
    Anonymous
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    I’ve never met anyone in the party except for Ray Carr, so I wouldn’t know.

    #214843
    imposs1904
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    Thomas,

    Have you ever seen the 2006 film Idiocracy? You might like it. I kind of hated it at the time because I thought it was guilty of being a wee bit too pleased with itself. Maybe I’ll have to watch it again and see if I have a different take in 2021.

    I’m not 100% sure what you mean about dumbing down. My head’s full of useless trivia which would be great for gameshows, but I’m one of the thickest people I know.

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    #214844
    Anonymous
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    I have seen part of it, yes.

    When I look at today’s “social media”, “texting” and “selfie” culture, I can’t help wondering how the ancient Greek thinkers, or the philosophes of the Enlightenment, would view us.
    Maybe, by “dumbing down”, I mean what we as a society and species are becoming. … Certainly not a society of mature, knowledgeable and thoughtful beings, such as a socialist revolution would require the majority to be.

    #214881
    rodshaw
    Participant

    It never hurts to have an enquiring mind:

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    #214886
    Ozymandias
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    Workers can now access an entire galaxy of information at their fingertips yet they know even less. Their phones are smarter than they are.

    #214888
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    yet they know even less.

    😀

    #214889
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I suppose that to an aesthete the rest of the working must seem like philistines.

    #214890
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    No need to insult the Philistines, comrade!

    #214892
    Anonymous
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    And, ALB, you are forgetting that you owe your social-historical awareness to a long familiarity with printed books, which encourage reflection by their very nature and format, and to an education that was similarly pre-digital. The young of the working class don’t have that any more, and one is hard put to in some towns to now find even one bookshop. There are, on the other hand, a plethora of cell phone stores, electronic and sterile, so youngsters can sit texting the person sitting next to them and think “you” is spelt “u” and that the earth is flat cos’ someone cool says so online.

    #214893
    Anonymous
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    #214895
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I say u for you in texts. Don’t you? I see there’s a comrade on another thread here who uses cuz for because and he’s written one of our pamphlets. It’s just that there’s different spelling for that medium. Nothing to do with not bring edicated.

    #214897
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Oh i’m quite sure many now think the word is “u”, since texting is all they do. That and other new spellings and words that break with historical links of orthography and of grammar too, which are then lost.

    ye: subject case
    you: predicate case
    both second person plural.

    #214906
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I think thou art being a bit snobbish (or is that knobbish?) I expect you also insist on saying whom and my husband and I. Insistence on ultra-correct spelling and grammar is a mark of the insecure petty bourgeois.

    If you understood dialectics, comrade, you would understand that everything changes, including language.

    #214909
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    But when we lose the roots of grammar, as we are losing history, I view that as serious and a threat to the mental disciplines that help to develop thought. You don’t seem to care about it. You think air-heads are going to bring about socialism, let alone make it work?

    #214911
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    The fact that flat earth and other online-fuelled drivel can spread and delude thousands of young people – a hundredfold more than we have members – in 2020, isn’t that of concern to you? Not to mention people now have no idea who Groucho Marx was, let alone Karl.

    I think, if i’m a snob, you’re just trying to be hip.

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