I've been watching television networks in Australia for decades now and it keeps on amazing me that the United States has a massive number of characters on their airwaves that essentially, wouldn't get employment in Australian television or if they did, they would get ignored.
Maybe U.S. television is driven by controversy, so the more controversial their presenters are, they more funding they manage to acquire.
Which seems counter-productive for a nation that appears to be trying to encourage rational thinking in order to climb back to the top of the national intelligence category, where the U.S. ranked around 27th the last listing I viewed, where all the more secular (greater average rationality) nations were above the U.S. and China was first.
Nearly every time I go to view highlights from U.S. television, there seems to be some confrontational , narcissistic bigot as the presenter, male and female.
One very pretty female presenter came across as dumber than my wheat biscuits I was consuming at the time.
We rarely, if ever have presenters with such low intellect presenting the news or conducting interviews, our interviewers on average are very well researched and come across highly intelligent.
Could this be that the US has so many channels that the competition is not about attracting intelligent viewers, but more about filling gaps with anything that seems exciting, whether it is intelligent or not.
We get some of the U.S. rot in Australia, with Christian Evangelical programs on some free to air channels, though these are usually only presented on Sundays, where I don't really watch any television.
Though I've seen them occasionally at others homes, and these are the only times I witness idiotic, narcissistic television bigots on Australian television.
I think the constant array of bigots and distorted information being pushed into U.S. homes from such idiots as Alex Jones, who loves pushing irrational conspiracy theories, cannot ever be good for a nations psych. Such idiots appear to have a large following, which also makes the U.S. appear so very dumb.
No wonder it is listed so low in the National Average Intelligence index.
I see this as a major problem with the U.S. society, it is one thing to have freedom of speech, but there should be some control over the kinds of information being fed to the public as truth.
We in Australia don't allow Creationism into the science classes, because of the irrelevance and errancy of the information, interferes with the students ability to properly understand science.
I believe that for the same reason, there should be a ban on irrational nonsense and conspiracy theories being touted by television networks as truth, as it interferes with people's ability to truly understand and interpret their society and understand reality.
Either they take control of the kinds of junk that can be pushed onto the public as truth or they force a national education scheme that asserts rational, critical thinking as the major priority, so people are better at filtering and interpreting fiction from fact.
The latter is a far better approach.
It would also go a long way towards lifting the U.S. out of the National Average Intelligence hole it has dug itself into.