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30. While I may be more insulated from “mainstream” American culture (What is that, anyways? According to this quiz it seems to include a lot of Judge Judy and eating at IHOP), living in NYC has exposed me to a wider variety of cultures — which has made me less insular in some ways.
It’s made me think more globally instead of locally. I feel like mainstream American culture (exceptionalism; poor eating and exercising habits; mindnumbing television) is living in more of a bubble than the super-rich described by the article. It may be a larger bubble, but it’s just as insular. Until you think of yourself as a global citizen in addition to being an American citizen, you’re in the biggest bubble of them all. Jeff Daniels’ portrayal of Will McAvoy in this past weekend’s episode of The Newsroom — lambasting reality TV and gossip shows — is comparable my opinion on this.
The US doesn’t need to censor the media like China does. Mainstream US culture handles that all on its own by cultivating a celebration of ignorance — why think about national policy at a rational level rather than an emotional vitriolic level when Judge Judy is on?
It’s especially funny due to Charles Murray’s insistance on voodoo economics (extrapolated based on his association with the American Enterprise Institute, which ultimately benefits these super-rich insular cultures.