What’s Wrong With This Picture

Sorry, Internet, but I just can’t get behind this particular meme. There’s a self-congratulatory smugness to it that makes it hard to share, in addition to a fundamentally shaky premise. I’ve never watched a second of JERSEY SHORE, but thanks to the ubiquity of the show and it’s, um, charismatic stars I can’t help but know who Snooki is. I really wish it were otherwise; ignorance, after all, is bliss.

And I’m not here–today, anyway–to pass judgment on popular entertainment, but I think the real problem is that we, as a viewing public, have allowed the concept of a pop culture-friendly scientist to go extinct. (Sure, some of you are thinking Stephen Hawkings, but I’d bet the general population knows him more as “robot voice in a wheelchair” than “brilliant physicist.”)

And really, are you going to claim this is what’s wrong with America just days after this video comes to light?

Okay, off the soapbox. Back to writing about movies in which mutant babies are stuck in ovens.

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