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Old 08-14-2017, 11:12 AM
 
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This is a very controversial subject but I think I read in a paper once one of the reasons for the lack of quality in mainstream entertainment across the globe may be due to the world's IQ dropping. This is called the negative Flynn effect. Apparently, pre-industrial societies favored intelligence and character while it's not as needed in industrial societies, i.e. we're getting lazy. There isn't a need as much to think outside the box or take that extra creative step. So over the decades we've been producing generations with lower IQs. I am not sure if this is the correct interpretation of the data I am reading but for the most part, 'we're sinking in in terms of intelligence.

Now of course, in a post modern context, you could say that it takes intelligence to understand how build an empire out of reality TV such as the Kardashians but that is assuming that money is the end goal of all intelligent people.
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:34 PM
 
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Mainstream media isn't for everyone, obviously. I recommend checking out independent films, foreign, documentaries and art. Go looking for something that floats your boat. Try a new genre of music even if you don't think you'll like it. Put down the remote; I don't think you'll find much there at all
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