Jim Hemig: Is it just me or is the world getting dumber?
Monday this week George Boardman wrote that people are fed up with the political establishment and are willing to take a serious look at unconventional candidates.
I never thought I would see a day when a reality TV show host and a socialist would become the frontrunners heading into a presidential election year.
George calls this a populist rebellion against the status quo and the desire for a fresh approach. I have a different theory.
To explain, I will have to admit I like silly comedy movies, the more absurd the better. All this reminds me of a 2006 movie my young adult sons and I frequently watch called “Idiocracy.”
The premise of this movie is simple: smart people have fewer kids, dumb people have more and over time the gene pool is degraded into a society of the intellectually challenged. Now, before you blast me for this comment, this is a movie, not my belief.
But follow me here. As the movie goes on more and more dumb people have kids, creating more and more dumb people. The comedy shows a silly example of a not-so-intelligent young man’s family tree growing as he sleeps around his trailer park. Conversely, a college-educated couple decides to wait to start a family until after they get their careers started, college debt paid, buy a house and when the stock market settles down. I think you get the point.
Then a military experiment gone wrong sends an average guy (and human hibernation test subject) 500 years into the future. A future overrun by far less intelligent people. A world run by energy drink companies, overflowing with trash and led by ex-wrestling champion and rock star President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho.
President Camacho’s character was made famous by firing off his machine gun during a speech to the “House of Representin’,” while issuing a Presidential policy decree.
Before you think this is absolutely ridiculous, which it is, anyone I’ve met who has watched this movie says they see how this can actually happen. Then we usually share examples of what we see today that proves the point.
We see it on TV. We see it on Facebook. Heck, even me watching this movie is an example. According to this movie, 500 years in the future the most popular show is a guy getting kicked in the crotch over and over again for 30 minutes. Far-fetched? Watch “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and you’ll see much of the same. And Facebook is full of crazy people doing stupid things. That’s what people seem to want to watch, so that’s what Facebook shows you. Want to watch a scorpion fight a black widow? Yep, a video on Facebook with over 43,000 likes and 35,000 shares. Practical jokes, including a giant fake spider dropped on an unsuspecting guy and a girl getting a pie in the face, would you guess more than 92 million views?
Speaking of dumb things on Facebook, my attention was grabbed by this posting: “Who said it: Presidential hopeful Donald Trump or ‘Idiocracy’ President Camacho?” This post was shared by the online arts and entertainment site, Flavorwire.
The nine quotes were rather extreme in nature and all consistent with the theme of “Idiocracy.” So I took on the challenge:
1. “Remember, new ‘environment-friendly’ light bulbs can cause cancer.”
2. “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created, I tell you that.”
3. “I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.”
4. “I beat China all the time. All the time.”
5. “If there is one word to describe Atlantic City, it’s Big Business. Or two words — Big Business.”
6. “Listen, you @#$%&@#, we’re going to tax you 25 percent!”
7. “This very expensive global warming @#$% has got to stop.”
8. “Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it!”
9. “So you’re smart, huh? I thought your head would be bigger. Looks like a peanut!”
I guessed numbers 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9 were President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho and 1, 3, 4 and 7 were Donald Trump.
I was wrong. And I’ve seen this movie maybe five times. All but number nine were from Trump, according to this online site.
Examples of how this movie could be our future reality are everywhere. Don’t believe me, watch the movie and see for yourself. Then send me an email. But no cutting corners, you have to watch this first. And I’ll warn you, it is rated R and has a mature theme and is a rather dumb movie. But that’s the point.
Maybe George is right, people could be fed up with the politics and the status quo.
Or maybe in this day and age it’s just easier for us all to be distracted by the strange and unusual. I, for one, hope George is right because the alternative of a future such as this movie represents is not a funny thought. Or maybe it’s just me?
To contact Publisher Jim Hemig, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4299.
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Six months ago, the future looked pretty bleak in terms of the live music scene, and I could not have predicted where we are now.