What would we do without science? From Italy:
A raft of new research shows that watching junky cable and other lowbrow TV is actually making people dumber — literally lowering their IQs.
Of course, some may say that this finding only applies to Italians — who were the ones studied — but somehow I’m pretty sure that it’s a universal phenomenon. (Of course, I’m no scientist, so feel free to disagree with me.)
But as always, there’s an agenda:
“The language codes that were popularized by TV also made people much more susceptible to the populist party because they used very simple language,” Ruben Durante, one of the paper’s coauthors, said. “They used accessible language. And that can potentially be very powerful.”
I love that term: “accessible language”. In other words, people are more likely to be influenced by language they can actually understand, instead of by the circumlocution and orotundity found in, say, academic writing. So those bloody ignorant peasants are going to respond more positively to “Build a wall!” than to “Multiculturalism can be fraught with a multiplicity of challenges”.
I am reminded of the wonderful zinger (and I paraphrase): “That argument is so indisputably, miserably wrong that it could only have been made by an intellectual.” In this case, the statement is so blindingly obvious that it could only have been made by a scientist.