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Glorifying Stupidity

Today I learned Snooki from Jersey Shore just landed a novel deal. Unbelievable.

I’ve never seen an episode of the show. The only reason I’m even remotely familiar with people like Snooki is because they’re the punchline to jokes and fodder for Internet memes.

Snooki on Fail Blog

Kind of like this one.

This is what No Child Left Behind gets you, folks. She’s a complete dumbass, and what do we do? Put her on television and make her famous. Then, as if that’s not enough, we hand someone who claims to have read only two books in her entire life a publishing deal.

Now, I’m sure there will be a ghost writer involved, but let’s think about this for a minute. What message are we sending students? This says not only is it okay to be stupid, but you can still be rich and famous.

You don’t have to read books to graduate! The government will make your teachers dumb down your tests for you. Work hard for your success? Don’t worry, someone will come and do all of that for you! Just be a complete dumbass, get on television, and you’ll be set!

It doesn’t matter if 50%, 70%, or even 99% of the Jersey Shore audience is tuning in to laugh at these people, because these people are cashing in. Now thousands of those same viewers will snap up Snooki’s book, then Snooki — or, more accurately, her agent — will turn around and sell the movie rights.

Idiocy and ignorance becomes a way to cash in.

Who are the idiots now?

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Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.