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Carl Sagan saw it comming...

2022-06-26 by: kitepilot@kitepilot.com
From: kitepilot@kitepilot.com
30 years ago the Discovery Chanel, The Learning Channel (TLC) and alike w=
ere a wealth of documentaries and science related broadcasting.=0AToday's=
 groundbreaking ratings?=0A"Here comes Honey Booboo"=0A(It was broadcaste=
d in TLC)=0ASigh...=0A=E2=80=9CI have a foreboding of an America in my ch=
ildren's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service a=
nd information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have=
 slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are i=
n the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest ca=
n even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set the=
ir own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutch=
ing our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical fa=
culties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and wha=
t's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and d=
arkness...=0A=0AThe dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow =
decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 =
second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denomi=
nator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstit=
ion, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance=E2=80=9D=0Ahttps:/=

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ I wish Carl was here to give us wisdom, but I'm kinda glad he didn't see this... ren's s; nd ut -in-my-children-s