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


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


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

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




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’

mediocracy extra


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