Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Spike Lee says stupid
The hilarious thing about this clip is that he begins by warning that artists like himself must be careful since anything they do goes out into the universe. Then he caps it off with the keeper quote: America is the most violent nation in the history of civilization.
I know, anyone who made it past 6th grade world history can probably rattle off a few examples that contradict him. Yet I wonder. My wife and I caught a brief clip on a cable news show over the weekend in which a young tech fellow was boasting that today's youth assimilate more information that anyone in history. I'm not so sure. Give that the news continues its 'there was no evidence that the Arizona shootings had anything to do with our current rhetorical tone, but didn't that have something to do with it' mantra, given that people like Mr. Lee can say utterly ridiculous things and find a willing audience, and given that we continue to push for things such as 'Safe Sex' when the evidence shows it has more to do with other variables than simply pushing condoms or not, suggests we are not the most informed generation in history. We may be the generation exposed to more information than anyone in history. But perhaps the end result is we have simply grown tired of trying to assimilate it, and have settled into a passive 'just tell me what I want to hear, who cares if it's true' mode of thought process. It has to be something, since I'm seeing more and more idiotic statements such as this in recent years, from all sides of the ideological spectrum.