Leonard Pitts Jr. had a column a few weeks ago that shares some DNA with my essay in this month's issue of Wired. Idiocracy, credulity, psuedoscience galore and more--much of this you have seen before, including the reflex to blame technology for society's ills, and the illness of American stupidity in particular. One of my favorite examples of recent memory: When Larry King hosted a special about autism and asked a panelist to confirm that Dustin Hoffman's character in "Rain Man" is not autistic. For some reason, the moment struck me as something more than just a slip.

More on this later, though. I have to jet to jury duty.
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AuthorDavid Wolman