People, Personas, and Politics 7 — Decency’s Vacay
People, Personas, and Politics 7 — Decency’s Vacay
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
March 26, 2017 [Beginning of recorded material]
Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So perhaps one of the funny things that turns sad is the slow, whimpering death of decency in American political culture.
Rick Rosner: Well, I mean, yea, because it means we’re losing — decency is among the American values. Humane behaviour to each other and the world is an American value. That we stand up for what is right. We defend the downtrodden. And part of the death of decency — not the death, the temporary absence of decency is the ‘F- You!’ to the downtrodden.
SDJ: Such as the Meals on Wheels.
RR: And to kids with the Head Start program and sesame Street and public television, and the National Arts Foundation or the National Endowment for the Arts. If you’re looking for grant to put metal shapes in a park, these are programs that have been squeezed down already to tiny, tiny fractions of a percent of the federal budget. We’re talking .002% of the federal budget. That they’re squeezed to nothing so the Republicans can make a political point. A dumb counterproductive one too.
SDJ: So I see two trends — well, I see a lot of trends. I see one partial analysis with the reduction in decency, where it takes a vacay. Another one is increase in militaristic culture — it’s on overtime, which implies a reduction in civil culture.
RR: There’s another sad making thing. It seems that people who aren’t dumb are bummed out by dumb people being in power. I had or was — I had a tweet go super viral a few days ago.
RR: After 24,000 tweets, I finally had one hit, which is awesome.
RR: In day one, I got a lot of positive messages. It was an anti-Trump tweet. I got a lot of positive support. Day two, the pro-Trump people found out about it, but I got a lot of dissing messages.
RR: But dumb ones. But it was disheartening because a lot of the positive ones were pretty clever. Obviously from people who weren’t mentally handicapped, but a lot of the pro-Trump ones were just from dumb people.
RR: It was attempts at jokes that were terrible or senseless.
RR: Like in my tweet, I mentioned that Angela Merkel had a PhD in quantum chemistry. Then some Trump person tweets back to me, ‘Even Snoop Dogg would get a PhD in quantum chemistry because everyone gets a trophy now.’
RR: Which is such a non — which is such a terrible attempt at a joke [Laughing]. The idea is that under Liberalism everyone gets a trophy. So to use a quantum chemistry PhD to make a point — I looked it up, 120 PhDs are given every year in physical chemistry in the US, which is 1 PhD in that subject for every 2.75 million Americans. So no, not everybody gets a PhD in quantum chemistry. So no!
RR: You picked a terrible subject! [Laughing] I had one say, “You make no since.” I know that’s probably a combination of a guy whose vision is not so good, and who’s relying on autocorrect. Day one was people agreeing with me. Day two was dumb people disagreeing with me. Not that I’m the king of things to agree or disagree with, but the pro-Trump tweets obviously came from way dumber people.
Along with those came the pornbots.
RR: Who took a couple three days to find out about the tweet.
RR: Then I got tweets from them saying, “Come push your penis into me. Click here!”
RR: It is depressing that there are so many, proudly dumb, belligerently dumb people, and we have a belligerently dumb president who is empowered by tens of millions of belligerently dumb Americans. Just statistically, you know they’re out there because half of all Americans are dumber than average, and half of those people are dumber than the average dumber than average American.
RR: And that’s 80 million people, but they’ve been so empowered. And means they’ve never been so encouraged to think that they’re okay and they’re right. It’s come up again and again throughout the whole election and post, which is the Dunning-Kruger Effect. If you want to have a dumb person in a movie and not a villain, and want them to be charming, you give them some insight into themselves so they know they’re not the smartest person in the world and that way they have some natural wisdom.
They’re like magic dumb people in the way Forrest Gump has some, if not deep insights then, some humanity to Forrest Gump. Even though, he is someone who is borderline retarded. He’s a sweet caring guy. A good husband, a good father; he’s a magical dumb person. Dunning-Kruger Effect says that’s not the way dumb people are. Dumb people often lack insight into their dumbness, and they think they’re super awesome and are too dumb to realize that they’re dumb. So we’ve got a president elected by the Dunning-Kruger effect, which has been amplified by a media that caters to dumb, angry lunatics. So yea, it is another source of sadness there. That seems like an intractable problem. That may continue to affect politics for many, many election cycles.
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