Are Americans gullible enough to believe that the word “gullible” has been removed from the dictionary?
You already know the answer.
Mark Dice hit the beach to tell San Diegans that Webster’s Dictionary had to make space for new words like “selfie” and “twerking” by removing old ones.
“They’ve removed, amongst other words, gullible from the 2016 dictionary edition….do you think that was the right decision?” Dice asks one man who agrees that a few extra pages should have been added to the dictionary instead.
“I believe it’s always best to add to the dictionary, you know cause you know everybody is trying to learn more,” responds another African-American man.
When Dice asks the man’s partner if she thinks the word “gullible” is still relevant, she responds, “Yeah I got called that yesterday,” blissfully unaware that she just proved the insult true.
The woman added that “it didn’t make any sense” for Websters to remove the word because “it wouldn’t cost much to just add more pages” to the dictionary.
Despite the fact that the Internet has given us the world’s knowledge base at our fingertips, people appear to be more easily led and tuned out of reality than ever before.
Is the ubiquitousness of mass entertainment to blame for this dumbing down process?
In an article for the Guardian, Sandi Mann argues that constant overstimulation and faster-paced amusements have resulted in attention spans shorter than those of goldfish (less than eight seconds).
“We are hard-wired to seek novelty, which produces a hit of dopamine, that feel-good chemical, in our brains. As soon as a new stimulus is noticed, however, it is no longer new, and after a while it bores us. To get that same pleasurable dopamine hit we seek fresh sources of distraction,” writes Mann.
This means that knowledge-gathering tasks are becoming increasingly harder to perform because they require skills that depend on the individual being able to consume information in long format without becoming bored and distracted.
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