inversions & deceptions
 in the new hegemony


mediocracy   n.

1  rule by the mediocre

2  the triumph of style over substance




‘mediocracy’ is a condition in which culture
is subordinated to pseudo-egalitarian ideology

symptoms include dumbing, jargonism, infantilisation, vacuity, phoney democratisation, authoritarianism ...
... and general mediocrity

a key weapon of mediocracy
is the Orwellian redefinition of words and ideas




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mediocratic culture

the views of the elite determine every area of life

culture is redefined as:
    whatever receives approval
    from those licensed by the state apparatus

cultural output promotes the dominant ideology:
    reductionism about the individual
    and support for intervention

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mediocratic academia

the purpose of academia changes from
    (a) producing genuine insights to
    (b) manufacturing reinforcement for the preferred worldview

academics are encouraged to endorse
    anti-individualistic trends such as
    doctors and social workers overriding the wishes of individuals

eventually,
    production of ideologically correct results
    is openly espoused as the new goal

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anti-mediocracy







commentaries


21 June 2015
lucidity and obfuscation
Isaac Newton – sleeping & waking – lucid dreams


13 December 2014
high-frequency nonsense
markets/prices – HFT & dark pools – The Simpsons


5 May 2014
consciousness and ... (part 2)
massification – chutzpah – academic tenure


3 March 2014
consciousness and the sausage factory
Peter Higgs – mind-brain relation – Einstein


2 December 2013
weekend notes #12
“rich thicko” myth – grading doctors – Thatcher


3 October 2013
tales from Bizarro-world
perpetual money-pot – Pied Michael – Cinderelia


4 August 2013
‘normal’ science
despising firsts – Caral – giant tubeworms


Sep 2012 – Jun 2013
Bank of England – Chopin – inequality
Higgs boson – Orwell – ‘racism’




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