A Not So Beautiful Mind
The fact that Beck has one of the highest rated shows on cable is pretty telling. In fact, it can perhaps be used to help accurately divine the exact percentage of functional illiterates in our country. It can be said that shows like Beck's are a latter day version of the "brain drain".
Let's call it "the Beck Effeckt", whereby the number of brain cells that get killed is directly proportionate to the amount of time that Beck speaks to America. A fascinating experiment would be to hook up Beck listeners to an EEG just to see what their brain waves tell us while they're listening to Glenn Beck. We can expand our hypothesis to include listeners of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Joe Scarborough, Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Reilly and Neil Cavuto. What would be truly fascinating to see is how many of them actually flatline on an electroencephalograph.
Further contributing to the dumbing down of our once great nation are the hyperventilating conspiracy theories that involve some political/social matrixing, whereby conspiracies are divined in random words and pieces of information such as the words "czar", "Obama" and the like. It's rather amusingly reminiscent of the magazine and newspaper articles that were parsed and harvested of secret conspiratorial content by John Nash.
.oO Shit, here comes Color of Change to take away my sponsors and my penis! Oo.
The difference, of course, is that at least John Nash, rabid anti Semite though he is, is nonetheless a man alternately blessed and cursed with actual genius. Glenn Beck is just a bloated buffoon with no credentials in medicine, law, actual journalism, the humanities, education, geopolitical science or any worthwhile discipline on which he nonetheless bloviates with almost admirable zeal and confidence. Instead, he has the look of a man who gets his penis caught in his zipper at least three times a week. Yet more people listen to Beck than read the mathematical/economic theories of Nash or who read Shakespeare or who listen to Mozart.
Or who watch the elegantly vitriolic Keith Olbermann.