A provocative article first published on Yahoo references a report from The Intelligence Institute that declares: Fox News Viewers Have an IQ 20 Points Below US Average.
Are Fox News viewers really stupider? For instance, are they stupider than the people who believed this article? It's bogus, as is the Institute, which a quick Google confirms, although whistle blowers conceded that the point seems defensible and further speculate that watching Fox News could make you stupider.
While Fox News may win prizes for Unfair and Imbalanced, the whole mudstream media is in the same boat, peddling a mixture of sensationalism and political soap opera for viewers who've apparently lost interest in their own lives.
When did we become screen junkies? Is there no longer enough drama in our own lives that we have to watch others? Or is it just laziness, choosing the couch over effort to become as incredible as we secretly fear we may be?
One day all of us will become a tweet, an email, a phone call, an obit in the newspaper. What then? With our last breaths, will we be reflecting on a life fully lived or regretting a life misdirected. Now is always the moment we can choose to embrace "this," whatever this is, or lose ourselves in stories about what if's and if only's, and escape our mediocrity in brain dulling screen time.
Perhaps the sum of those choices is what establishes our true "intelligence."