To take a break from the serious politics of the thread, I thought I'd like to introduce a World Affair us intellectuals at the PF should REALLY be worried about - the fact that the world is so dumb and it appears that it is becoming fashionable to be dumb? Recently I read an article in the newspaper (can't link you - the paper doesn't have online articles!) that proposed that glamour is not enough nowadays - being dumb is the guarenteed path to success. Take a look at the Hilton sisters (Paris and Nikki). Both stinking rich and dumber than anything. They're icons here in 2004. Jordan, the British model with a more than ample frontal protrusion who guys go gaga over is being sighted as a role model for young girls! Yeah, you guessed it, she's as intelligent as the Hilton sisters. Also, Britney Spears was quoted as saying she didn't know who John Lennon was! Worse, look at MTV. Jackass and The Osbournes have no redeeming values whatsoever! I think the nail in the coffin is the new (at least in SA) series on MTV Rich Girls. Nothing more than a show showing off how the rich offspring of fashion moguls spend money with gay abandon and try to pass themselves of as normal teens! Sorry, this just doesn't gel with me. As an academic, I just can not understand this new phenomena. It just shouldn't make sense!!!!!!!