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ABC News: Video: 20/20, John Stossel's Stupid in America

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I take stupidity seriously and when you have a lot of Americans who are stupid, meaning they don’t know important basic things that they should know. 463 more words

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ABC News: Video: 20/20, John Stossel's Stupid in America

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

I take stupidity seriously and when you have a lot of Americans who are stupid, meaning they don’t know important basic things that they should know. 463 more words

John Stossel

Take Off the Amber, Put Off the Lamp

On Robin Williams, holding on, and popular misconceptions about mental illness

Robin Williams died this week. A flood of articles and essays on the seriousness of depression and mental disorders followed, and on how many, willingly or not, trivialize these very real problems. 2,590 more words

Arts & Culture

As bad as it is, the Kardashian book is not the problem

This week, the Italian imprint Rizzoli Publishing announced that next year it will be producing the latest authorial effort of professional famous person Kim Kardashian and that, in view of her lack of talent for things not Kardashian-related, the book will be a collection of “selfies”– 352 pages’ worth, in fact.  1,287 more words

Robin Williams and the conundrum of killing yourself

With the passing of Robin Williams we once again find ourselves confronted with the latest so-called manifestation of the “tortured genius” trope that has been trotted out consistently as a mainstay of our cultural Zeitgeist, propagated by romanticised representations of what, inevitably, is an act of desperation. 982 more words

Celebrity Culture

A fan's obituary for Robin Williams

Before you read anything I’d like to say, as a quick disclaimer, I don’t claim to know what he was going through or who he was past what I have seen in films and interviews. 734 more words

Celebrity Culture

The Paparazzi Circus

There’s no shortage of actors, celebrities and socialites who love to bask in the flashing lights of the paparazzi camera. Many strategically turn up to events just so that their faces and designer dresses can make it to the pages of glossy celebrity magazines and entertainment gossip channels. 251 more words

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