Here’sÂ an article lamenting the “lack of smart in funny”. The idea is that comedy these days has been dumbed down to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
Now, if that’s true,Â it may or may not be a detriment. After all, comedy is a matter of taste.Â But the argument could be made thatÂ many endeavors besides comedy have seen a similar shift toward the dumb. More and more things in western culture seem to allow for lazy thinking, or no thinking at all, and that could very well be a detriment to our progress.
So as a sort of companion to Carrie’s great AI threadÂ from Sunday, I leave it open to your opinion, dear reader:
Is the current general trend actually toward the dumb? Is popular culture the playground of the unthinking dolt? Do we place enough value on the enterprise ofÂ developing the human mind?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.