And I quote…

09. Januar 2022

the scrip­tures of Carl Sagan… 😉

I have a forebo­ding of an Ame­ri­ca in my children’s or grandchildren’s time -- when the United Sta­tes is a ser­vice and infor­ma­ti­on eco­no­my: when near­ly all the manu­fac­tu­ring indus­tries have slip­ped away to other coun­tries; when awe­so­me tech­no­lo­gi­cal powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one repre­sen­ting the public inte­rest can even grasp the issu­es; when the peop­le have lost the abi­li­ty to set their own agen­das or know­led­ge­ab­ly ques­ti­on tho­se in aut­ho­ri­ty; when, clut­ching our crys­tals and ner­vous­ly con­sul­ting our horo­scopes, our cri­ti­cal facul­ties in decli­ne, unab­le to dis­tin­guish bet­ween what feels good and what’s true, we sli­de, almost without noti­cing, back into supers­ti­ti­on and darkness. The dum­bing down of Ame­ri­ca is most evi­dent in the slow decay of sub­stan­ti­ve influ­en­ti­al media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest com­mon deno­mi­na­tor pro­gramming, credu­lous pre­sen­ta­ti­ons on pseu­do­sci­ence and supers­ti­ti­on, but espe­cial­ly a kind of cele­bra­ti­on of ignorance”

src: Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World (1995)

Cur­te­sy of MSNBC had someo­ne that read a twit­ter­feed. 🙂 Yeah, sor­ry about that… 😉

(Ori­gi­nal source was red­dit but MSNBC did­n’t get that… 😉 )

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