"there Is No Sin Except Stupidty" -oscar WildeI am currently working on a second graduate degree, for a specific purpose. As with all degrees of any kind, one is always required to take electives, which in itself is not necessarily a bad thing. However, due to budget cuts and other such bureaucratic horseshit, the choice of meaningful electives is particularly low - especially for grad students. So, choosing what I believed to be the least meaningless elective, I selected a 300 series SocSci course called Media Studies & Persuasive Thought Trend (as it applies to the general public).
The professor is a greasy, self-important little toad; easy to hate.
Now, there's little I hate more than busy work, so naturally the first online assignment was (appeared to be, anyway) a load of busywork.
The lesson was designed to demonstrate that most people will believe nearly anything, if they read it in print (online) or see it on t.v. He was quite sure of himself, so naturally I wanted badly to be able to give him a rough time about the relevance of said task.
The assignment: Choose an online forum (a list was issued, from which to choose - I had never heard of Ep before this course, so there's at least one positive aspect of it) and place in that forum, for discussion, the most ludicrous story you can concoct, within the confines of reason. I simply took a conglomeration of stories from the "confessions" tab and mashed them up to make a "confession" of my own. In my opinion, it didn't even sound realistic, unless you're currently living in a third world dictatorship.
I have to admit that I pushed the story (a sort-of confession of a serial rapist, so stupid) a little over the top, in hopes of being called out on it's obvious lack of truthfulness. Anyone paying even the slightest bit of attention would have noticed that it seemed an awful lot like the other "confessions"; I did this in order to have a reason to argue with this fat little man.
Instead, he was proved correct by not one, but two individuals who's IQ I assume is somewhere in the range of 67. These people had an absolute fit over this "awful, terrible" story.
Disappointed does not begin to scratch the surface, as now I must return to the toad and let him know that not only is he dead-on in his assessment of the stupidity of the public at large, but also that it took less than 2 hours for these morons to leap out from behind their respective copies of People and kick their verse.
I always believed in the American body politic and it's ability to call forth genius when necessary. I must now, with a heavy heart, face the reality of the stupidity which was placed before me today. We may very well get Sarah Palin seated comfortably in the White House, if people like these are allowed to continue to propagate.
I've always been a little hard on born-agains, but perhaps they too are correct; the end times are soon upon us. Spend time with your loved ones now.