Idiot America

Idiot America

How Stupidity Became A Virtue in the Land of the Free

Book - 2010
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The three Great Premises of Idiot America:
· Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units
· Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough
· Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it

 
With his trademark wit and insight, veteran journalist Charles Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.
 
Pierce asks how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has somehow deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate. But his thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma, and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated. Erudite and razor-sharp, Idiot America is at once an invigorating history lesson, a cutting cultural critique, and a bullish appeal to our smarter selves.

Baker & Taylor
Traces how uneducated buffoonery became popular to the point of representing American culture, and expresses the author's hope that the nation will eventually value intellect more than reality television.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c2010
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780767926157
0767926153
Characteristics: viii, 307 p. ; 21 cm

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Daveinportland
Aug 19, 2016

It is not often that I review a book before I am even 1/2 way finished reading it, but I had to sign on for something else and thought I would go ahead and rate this.

I think this book is horrible. Imagine if you will, that Donald Trump wrote a book about 'Idiot America." Do you think it would be a fair assessment on the anti-intellectualism and anti-science movements that seems to grown more and every day, or just a bunch of insults directed to those who disagree with his world view? This is very much a liberal slanted book, and I am a liberal, but it makes me think of Donald Trump and his campaign so far.

Very, very low on content, but high on insults. And to be fair, I am seriously not even half way through this book. I put it down and moved on to some others. I do hope to finish it, but yeah...

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naturalist
Jan 20, 2015

“Idiocracy” (DVD 2006) in real life ...
and,
“The Age of American Unreason”
Susan Jacoby
and,
“Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education”
Henry Giroux
and,
“Bush-Whacked: Chronicles of Government Stupidity”
Leland George
and,
“Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America”
Dana Milbank
and,
“Idiocy! Taking Conservatives Behind the Woodshed: A Parody of Ann Coulter's Books and Right-Wing Ideology”
Katherine Black
and,
“Brainless: The Lies And Lunacy Of Ann Coulter”
Joe Maguire
and,
"The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs – Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth"
Solomon Schimmel
and,
"The Pseudoscience Wars - Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe"
Michael D. Gordin
and,
"Denying Science - Conspiracy Theories, Media Distortions, and the War Against Reality"
John Grant
and,
"The Unpersuadables - Adventures With the Enemies of Science"
Will Storr
and,
"The Republican War on Science"
Chris Mooney, Chris

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johncruse
Oct 12, 2014

Just another liberal trying to belittle and degrade the United States.

JeremiahSutherland Mar 23, 2012

Reading this book was a bit of a struggle, but the author has an interesting take on modern Americans and how they deal with important issues.

austinmurphy Jan 30, 2012

I believe that decades from now, this book will be valuable to historians trying to figure out what was wrong with those crazy early 21st century Americans. From a current perspective, I didn't find much here that I hadn't already seen elsewhere. Solid book; just not for me.

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