Fortunately, there’s a resistance forming. People with grit, who aren’t afraid to begin a sentence with “Did you know…” These are the Rosses of the world. I saw them in my chess club. And I see them in my city, hiding at the art museum, crouching at used book stores, exchanging sideways glances at the public libraries and coffee houses, and sneaking around at our schools, community colleges, and universities.
If f.r.i.e.n.d.s was the beginning of the end for american intellectualism, how do we explain current shows like “The Big Bang Theory”, which are glorifying so called nerdy behavior, or “silicon valley” which glorifies entrepreneurship and software engineering as professions. Or even “House”, which brought an appreciation of medical science and quick wit into households all over the world.
Maybe there is a polarization of media as the amount of media produced increases, or maybe we hit the pinnacle of anti-intellectualism and now are moving in a new direction. Either way I support you in your quest for a more educated america.