Thursday, September 11, 2008

will somebody please tell me what's so bad about intellectualism???

I just listened to a disturbing little story on NPR about negative campaigning... by McDonald's... to sell coffee. Evidently, McDonald's is now hawking fancy coffee drinks and their new ad campaign features coffeeshop hipsters in Starbucksian settings discovering that McDonald's has fancy coffee and then, woo-hoo, CELEBRATING that they don't have to hang out in awful coffeeshops anymore listening to JAZZ! How terrible! I mean, really! JAZZ!

Someone in the advertising biz then came on and said "Wow, this is very much in the vein of Sarah Palin. She is really having her day!" Someone else then came along and referred to this campaign (and the McCain/Palin campaign) as exploiting the very popular "anti-intellectualism."

Now listen up people of America. I simply cannot tolerate another 8 years of anti-intellectual politics and attitude in this country. Just what the heck is wrong with intelligence? What is so effing terrible about knowing stuff you learned in books? And maybe applying it to real life situations every now and then?? Maybe if George W. Bush had ever bothered reading a book (besides selected exerpts from the Bible and My Pet Goat) we wouldn't be in the global shitter today.

Seriously, Sarah Palin is not a smart lady. I caught some of that Charlie Gibson interview: she's obviously been prepped, and she's not a completely inarticulate oaf like G.W., but she wasn't rockin' the brainswagon. She clearly didn't even understand some of the questions and she kept falling back on a trick I'm sure she was taught: if you're confused or flummoxed, just keep up with the attitude and keep repeating the name of your interviewer in a smart-ass, condescending tone. Underneath all that bravado, however, she was like a deer in headlights...

So what's my point? I don't have one, I'm just pissed to be sitting on the brink of another election where the lowest goddamn common denominator of willful ignorance is going to win out again. Fuck.

In other news, Cracker Jack prizes suck nowadays. The end.


Blogger not drowning waving said...

funny you should write that, i just spent 20 minutes or so reading the responses to a recent posting by Dooce, and it was an education just reading how people responded to her and how they wrote and the freedom folks had to be uninformed and reactionary. i don't know what the dreaming is around Amerika going down the proverbial plug hole, but going she is and hey, perhaps this next 4 years of what ever it is will just hasten what already needs to happen. i don't know if the rest of the world realized what was going on over here. i know in the UK that things are reported on that are in a kind of shock about how Americans vote and what pulls them towards a candidate/ party. nice post RPP, good to read you.

10:57 PM  
Blogger south carolina girl said...

"it's not a snow mobile, you dumb fuckers! it's a SNOW MACHINE!"

4:29 PM  

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