Saturday, September 1, 2007
Cutting-edge mass media manipulation device
I live in Israel, far away from the great united states of America. Thus I only had the privilege of seeing the Miss Teen USA South Carolina 2007 with Subtitles clip thanks to Cooper. Wonderland or Not is one of the most intelligent appealing and always surprising personal blogs I have ever seen. Cooper is not just another blogger. Her blogging style is fresh and well above the common ground. Cooper is an artist and feminist. She is an Internet poet. Cool and neat.
For this reason, for Cooper being so cool and well aware, read by so many people, I simply had to make this minor comment post on one of her recent articles. The above YouTube clip, uploaded just six days ago, was already viewed 1,754,241 times, got 6040 comments (including mine) and favorited by 3765 users. Actualy, this was the second most popular clip on YouTube this week. In short, people are deadly crazy about it. They think its gorgeous.
For this reason this clip would make a fantastic example of how our male-controlled social system likes taking advantage of natural human weaknesses in its constant effort to “prove” what they always say: that women are generally stupid, that blonds are particularly stupid and that beautiful charming blond women are the dumbest of them all.
Truth is it might just be that this young lady is not of the smartest persons on earth (aren't most of us?). Maybe she also wasn’t listening to the question very well, which is more than reasonable considering the kind of stress she was into. Furthermore: anyone who spent just a few hours in the darkness of any video editing room know what it can sometime mean to get a single reasonable coherent sentence out of a smart sharp-minded interviewee.
Take ten genius rocket scientists or high-priced hi-tech Israeli engineers, ask them the same question on live TV in front of 10 million people and guess what. You’ll get at least five answers such as the one we got from Miss Teen USA South Carolina. It might even get worse.
This funny "harmless" clip is actually a cutting-edge mass media manipulation device, leveraging the power of the Internet to strengthen existing men-made mythes. None of us like the fact mentioned within the question Miss Teen USA South Carolina was asked but she is certainly not the one who is responsible for American's not knowing their own map. She is just a pretty girl, probably with an average IQ dose who simply got scared and confused but found herself being a part of the proof blonds are so stupid.
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